Core Action Area 2

Women Leading for Peace and Security

Reframing Peace and Security

Much of the discussion in Australia and globally about peace and security is in terms of the military and armaments.

This is shaping how people think, how governments and citizens respond and what gets prioritised.

WILPF Australia looks at security and preventing conflict through different eyes:

  • away from normalising military responses, and
  • towards recognising the role of women across all processes from local grassroots peace building to the international peace and security dialogues.

WILPF Australia promotes the active involvement of women in conflict prevention, peacemaking and peace building.

Let’s prioritise women’s participation. Women’s participation in peace processes contributes to more resilient and sustainable peace.

Why Women, Peace and Security?

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by violent conflict, war, terrorism, displacement and violence.

There is strong evidence that women’s participation in peace processes contributes to more sustainable peace.

However, women remain largely invisible and excluded from formal peace and security processes, negotiations and decision making.

This means that the process of conflict prevention, post-conflict recovery, conflict resolution and peace building overlooks the needs of women and girls and an inclusive peace.

Despite this, women in Australia and all over the world are leading for peace.

Women's participation is the key to sustainable peace

So what do we need to do?

Start with gender equality. This is the element missing from virtually all levels of the security agenda.

Gender equality is key when it comes to the way we approach:

Human Security


Conflict Prevention

Conflict Resolution

What does gender equality look like in Women Peace and Security?

  • Peace and security efforts are more sustainable when women are equal partners in the prevention of violent conflict, the delivery of relief and recovery efforts and in the forging of lasting peace.
  • Women participate at all levels of decision-making across security, peace processes; the protection of women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence; and the prevention of violence against women.
  • Peace and the prevention of conflict, not the use of force, are prioritised.
  • Support and respect for diverse women’s and peace groups and a vibrant civil society engagement on peace and security.
  • A gender equality approach is integrated into all aspects of the work of all governments and the United Nations.

Gender equality is key to human security

Working for Peace and Security

WILPF is a leader in actively promoting gender equality and the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Australia and internationally. 

Internationally, WILPF played a significant role in establishing the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, adopted by the United Nations Security Council.

In 2020 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), and reinforce the call for the United Nations and all global governments to strengthen women’s participation in peace processes.

Australian Government: Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan (NAP)

WILPF has long been active in promoting the development of Australia’s first NAP (2012-2019/20) and monitoring and evaluating the NAP, to hold government to account for its performance.

WILPF is a strong advocate for Australia’s second NAP (expected to be announced in 2020) to:

  • give primacy to peace and conflict prevention, including a rights-based human security approach to peace and security policy
  • integrate gender equality and fully resource all initiatives across government and civil society partners
  • implement an interlinked domestic and international focus on women, peace and security
  • use a collaborative approach to peace and security policy making and implementation.

Working Together – Locally and Globally

Every day, WILPF works alongside other women’s peace organisations and individual women activists from all walks of life.

WILPF members are also members of WILPF International, and connected to sections and members in 33 countries, and WILPF’s Global Programs.

Together we seek to promote and sustain your personal engagement as a woman peacemaker, and to support your peace activism in your communities, across civil society, and in your professional life.

WILPF Australia’s Campaign Areas for
Women Leading for Peace

WILPF playing a lead role in continuing to hold accountable the Australian Government and its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Establish National WILPF PeaceWomen Awards to acknowledge and celebrate women working for a feminist peace across a broad range of fields.

Develop a Peacebuilding Education Program for women to grow knowledge of and skills in feminist peace building.

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