Parliamentary Handbook on the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Parliaments as partners supporting the Women, Peace and Security Agenda
Nov 6, 2019 – The women, peace and security agenda remains critically important in a world that grapples with complex conflict, whether it be violent state-based warfare, civil war, internal conflict or violent extremism.
In nearly 80 countries, National Action Plans (NAPs) on women, peace and security have been developed to set priorities for action by government bodies and other agencies. In other countries, gender-sensitive peace and security priorities have been captured in sectoral strategies on gender, justice or national security. The participation of parliaments in efforts to support the women, peace and security agenda has been variable, with many parliaments either unaware of or uninvolved in national implementation efforts.
As elected representatives of the people, parliamentarians have a duty to ensure that all people, including women and girls, can live their lives safely, securely and peacefully and have equal opportunities to build peaceful and secure societies. To these ends, parliamentarians can use their powers in the legislature to promote laws, budgets, policies and programmes.