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

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) recognises that the experiences and needs of women and girls differ from those of men and boys in conflict and post-conflict situations, particularly in relation to human rights violations such as sexual and gender-based violence. UNSCR 1325 affirms the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and peace building and stresses their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. It also affirms the requirement to integrate gender perspective across all UN operations.

As a means to promote UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda, the Department of Defence's Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) and UN Women Australia , with the support of the OfW and the Australian Federal Police, produced a new documentary entitled Side by Side: Women, Peace and Security. The documentary is used as an educational tool for pre-deployment military, police, civilian and humanitarian personnel to international missions. The documentary is complemented by the Side by Side: Women, Peace and Security Educational Toolkit, which includes exercises, lesson plans and facilitators' notes for trainers and educators of pre-deployed peacekeepers. Copies of the NAP, Side by Side and the Educational Toolkit are available from DNAPWPS or email requests to UNSCR1325@fahcsia.gov.au.