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National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we need a National Action Plan (NAP)?

Australia recognizes that determined and coordinated efforts are required to respond to the needs and promote the protection and participation of women and girls in fragile, conflict and post-conflict situations. The NAP is designed to consolidate efforts that have been made to date, and inform next steps.

Has this come about as a result of cultural issues currently affecting Defence?

No. The NAP is a result of the Government's obligation as a United Nations (UN) member state to implement The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), and it is a whole-of Government response. There are a number of Government agencies and departments, including Defence, responsible for implementing the NAP.

Is this linked to the Broderick and McGregor Reviews?

No. However, aspects of both reviews support the intent of UNSCR 1325, and contribute to the NAP's strategies to increase women's roles and representation in senior leadership positions and overseas deployments.

What is the life of the NAP?

Currently the NAP has a lifespan of six years. In 2018 the NAP will undergo a final review. The findings of this review will determine the shape and direction of the next NAP and Australia's future work implementing UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions more broadly.

What is the governance of the NAP?

The Office for Women (OfW) is the lead agency for Government in ensuring implementation and progress across all the nominated Government agencies and departments. OfW chair the Inter-Departmental Working Group, and the 2014 Progress Report Sub-Committee to facilitate implementation, progress and monitoring of the NAP. OfW will coordinate the whole-of-Government input to the 2014 Progress Report.