Uruguay is finalizing and implementing during this year its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) for the period 2021-2024. Nevertheless, since the adoption of Resolution 1325 and in the absence of a written document, Uruguay has been carrying out different actions to implement the WPS agenda, mainly through its active participation in peacekeeping operations, the promotion and protection of human rights and international humanitarian law, as well as by strengthening WPS’s intersection with the wider agenda on women’s rights, non-discrimination and fight against gender/based violence.
Assuming that the WPS Agenda applies to the full continuum of insecurity and gender-based violence, through its first National Action Plan, Uruguay seeks to advance and consolidate concrete measures at the national and international level in the security and peacekeeping sectors and to address some cross-cutting issues such as gender-based violence, human trafficking and cybersecurity.
Gender equality policies
INMUJERES, the governing body for gender policies at the national level, chairs the following coordination instances related to gender policies:
- National Gender Council
- National Consultative Council for a life free of gender based violence
- National Council for the Prevention and Combat of Human Trafficking and Exploitation
- Recently approved legislation related to GBV and the WPS Agenda: Law 19.580 on Gender Based Violence
- Law 19.643 on Prevention and Combat of Human Trafficking
- Law 19.846 on Equality and Non-Discrimination between Men and Women
Key WPS and gender equality reports and resources
- Uruguay has completed the MOWIP Barrier Assessment on Opportunities for Women in Peace Operations for the Armed Forces, which will be officially published next June.
- The Barrier Assessment for the Police is at its final stage and developed by DCAF under the framework of the Elsie Initiative.