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
Namibia developed a stand-alone Namibia Plan of Action on Women Peace and Security (WPS) which was adopted in the 2019 and enables direct and sustained attention to mainstream gender into the peace and security sector, to track and collate gender disaggregated data for women in the peace and security sector, and to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the WPS agenda. The National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security is also an important framework for Namibia to further advance its goal of gender equality in the society as a whole and in peace and security sector, in particular.
A National Task Team which comprised of officials from various Government institutions such as the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (previously known as the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare), the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation were involved in the development process of the NAP on WPS.
Other partners such as the UN Women South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO), Professor Cheryl Hendricks of the University of Johannesburg, African Union’s Office of the Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, contributed towards financial and technical support in developing the NAP on WPS.
In October 2020, an International Women Peace Centre was officially launched as a way of enhancing Namibia’s contribution in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Gender equality policy:
The National Gender Policy Currently under review
Key WPS and gender equality reports/resources:
The National Plan of Action on Gender Based Violence (2019-2023)
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Strategy on WPS 2018-2022