The Women and Peace and Security Focal Points Network was created to assist Member States and regional organizations to improve and strengthen the implementation of the women and peace and security agenda at the origin of decision-making processes. The initiative stems from a commitment made by Spain during the high-level review of the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), which was held in October 2015. The founding meeting of the Germany has adopted three National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security, each stretching over a period of four years. Each of these NAPs has different thematic focuses. The first NAP 2013-2016 focuses on gender-sensitive crisis prevention, gender perspectives in peacekeeping, active inclusion of women in all phases of peace processes, protection of vulnerable groups and victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), gender-sensitive reconstruction, supporting effective criminal prosecution of SGBV, enhancing women’s access to justice and strengthening international criminal jurisdiction.
The second NAP 2017–2020 focuses on conflict prevention, expanding women’s participation and strengthening the leadership role of women in all phases of peace processes, mainstreaming gender in development, peace, security policy and humanitarian measures, improving protection from sexual and gender-specific violence, working against impunity and strengthening the WPS agenda.
The third and latest NAP 2021-2024 focuses on crisis prevention, participation, preventing sexual and gender based violence and support for survivors, humanitarian assistance, crisis management and reconstruction, strengthening the Women, Peace and Security agenda, as well as increasing institutional integration and capacities in the German Government’s working structures.
Gender equality policies
- Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (2020)
- The Federal Government’s Gender Equality Strategy