WILPF Australia presents this thought-provoking webinar series to build understanding and awareness of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and to help inform discussion​ and action on how to promote and support women’s meaningful participation in building sustainable peace.

(Click the links below to access recordings.)


Webinar 1
Women, Peace and Security: Civil Society’s Role in Building UNSCR 1325 

2020 is an important year of anniversaries for setting in place bold agendas for women’s rights and gender equality – 25 years since the Fourth World Conference in Beijing (1995) and 20 years since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS) in 2000. The WPS agenda is anchored in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action with strategic actions outlined under “Women and armed conflict” and with specific reference to women in crisis situations and young women.

Women’s civil society organisations, activists and human rights defenders played a critical role in building the Beijing Platform for Action and in continuing work to realise change for women’s rights. Civil society, particularly women’s groups – including the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – advocated for the creation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2000 and continue to play a significant role in implementing the holistic aims of the WPS Agenda.

What do we learn when we look back to women’s civil society actions in 1995 and 2000, that moves us to look forward to implementation of the WPS agenda in 2020 and the future?

Speaker: Felicity Ruby. Moderator: Dr Ludmilla Kwitko
Session aired: 29 September 2020.
Download recording.


Webinar 2
Gender Equality, Human Security and Sustainable Development 

2020 marks the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS), and the anticipated announcement of the Australian government’s 2nd National Action Plan (NAP) on WPS.

How has Australia advanced the WPS agenda, particularly in focusing on gender equality, human security, and sustainable development and working with civil society? How effective has Australia been in linking WPS and the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 5 (gender equality and women’s empowerment) and 16 (promote peaceful and inclusive societies)? What are the prospects for Australia’s 2nd NAP?

Speakers: Claire Moore, Dr Anu Mundkur. Moderator: Dr Ludmilla Kwitko.
Session aired: 8 October 2020.
Download recording.


Webinar 3
Redefining understandings of security and the WPS agenda: crises, climate and pandemics

Over many years there has been growing discussion across the WPS space about “emerging issues” – mass displacement, climate change, pandemics, humanitarian crises and violent extremism – and their growing impact on peace and security globally, and in our region. These issues are no longer “emerging” and the unequal, gendered impacts are influencing the lives, livelihoods and security of women and girls everyday.

What needs to change to redefine our traditional understandings of security, to address these “emerged” issues, to respond to the gendered impacts and to provide practical and sustainable approaches to address them?

At the point of the 20th anniversary of UN SCR 1325, what needs to change and shift in our response to the WPS agenda; for civil society, especially for diverse women and girls, nation states and multilateral organisations. This webinar will focus on pandemics, climate change and humanitarian crises.

Speakers: Beth Eggleston, Dr Sara E. Davies. Moderator: Dr Ludmilla Kwitko.
Session aired: 27 October 2020.
Download recording.