Australia’s action on Women, Peace and Security agenda

Australia’s action on Women, Peace and Security agenda

Office for Women International Forums Women, Peace and Security
Wednesday, 01 August 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Cover of the 2018 Progress Report of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-18

The third Progress Report of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (National Action Plan) was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Supporting the Government’s broader Women, Peace and Security agenda, the Report outlines the activities Australia has undertaken between 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017 to improve the lives of women in fragile, conflict and post-conflict settings.

Key Australian achievements outlined in the report include:

  • 100 per cent of Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas are now trained in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, compared to a baseline of 53 per cent in 2012.
  • The Australian Federal Police continues to collaborate with partners, local NGOs and civil society to strengthen partner police response to gender based violence in the Pacific.
  • The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is expanding the reach of the Women, Peace and Security agenda through its advocacy in multilateral and regional forums, such as the UN and ASEAN, and through its participation in dedicated dialogues such as the National Focal Points Network on Women, Peace and Security.
  • Australia’s official development assistance to global efforts, such as the Women, Peace and Humanitarian Fund, provides tangible support for strengthening the participation and contribution of women in maintaining, securing and sustaining peace.
  • Talisman Sabre, the principal Australian and United States military exercise now includes Women, Peace and Security training scenarios and objectives.
  • The Australian Civil-Military Centre is building strong partnerships with civil society and increasing the capacity of Australian’s deployed overseas to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda.                 

The Progress Report of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (National Action Plan) is available online.

A second National Action Plan is currently being developed for release in mid-2019. Consultations with stakeholders, including members of the Australian public, generated rich discussions on how Australian can take forward its commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda.  Stay up to date on the design of the next National Action Plan by visiting the OFWEngage site.