The Australian Defence Force is making significant progress in implementing the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for 20122018. The plan provides a framework for a whole-of-government approach to implementing United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The plan identifies strategies and actions that Australia has committed to and will implement over a six-year period. The plan recognises the impact of conflict on women and girls, encourages their participation in all aspects of conflict prevention, management and resolution, and integrates a gender perspective into peacekeeping operations.
The National Action Plan contains five key strategies and 24 actions. Defence is responsible for contributing to the implementation of 17 of the 24 actions. Implementation is being facilitated by the Services and selected Groups through the Defence Implementation Plan.
The Defence Implementation Plan comprises 78 tasks across the five high-level National Action Plan strategies, designed to enhance Defences military effectiveness in current and future operations and missions, and focuses on six key areas:
The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, said women, peace and security goals were included in the Defence Corporate Plan, the Defence Annual Plan, and in all military operational planning directives and joint doctrine development.
Defences primary focus is on increasing operational effectiveness through the role of women in fragile conflict and post-conflict settings, he said.
The participation of women in the ADF and across Defence plays an important part in the agenda. Its important that its fully understood how this effectively contributes to peace and security operations within the region and internationally.
Defences progress between March 2012 and December 2013 is included in the 2014 whole-of-government progress report, which was tabled in Parliament in July 2014.
The 2015 interim review is being conducted from 1 July to 30 September and will focus on the relevance of government agency actions to National Action Plan outcomes, and relevance of the plan to inform and implement the women, peace and security agenda more broadly.
Further details on the National Action Plan are available at Status/women/">www.defence.gov.au/women