Involvement of Parliaments in Advancing the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ Agenda in NATO Member Countries
In 2013, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly commissioned DCAF to provide an analysis of responses to a survey of Member Countries regarding national implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. The subsequent study, “Involvement of Parliaments in Advancing the Women, Peace and Security’ Agenda in NATO Member Countries,” analyses the role of national parliaments in establishing and monitoring legal and policy initiatives put in place by NATO Member Countries to implement Resolution 1325. Its findings point to an increased level of parliamentary involvement in advancing this agenda in countries that have adopted national action plans for implementing United Nations Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.
DCAF presented the findings of this study at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly 2013 Annual Session in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Policy and Research Papers
The Partnership for Peace Consortium’s Security Sector Reform Working Group held a workshop entitled “Gender & Security Sector Reform” from 17 to 19 February 2010. The workshop, hosted by DCAF, was an opportunity for thirty-six practitioners, researchers and policy advisors from sixteen NATO and PfP countries to discuss and exchange on ongoing efforts and challenges to integrating a gender perspective into SSR. The workshop focused on best practices and examples from the ground in both national and international security sector institutions, including NATO peace support operations, ministries of defence, and armed forces.
The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has successfully constructed the figure of the conflict-affected woman as a subject worthy of attention, inclusion and protection on the part of the international community. This concern is especially palpable when she is physically present in a conflict zone. As the conflict-affected woman flees and seeks safety and security in Europe, however, she moves to the periphery of the area of concern of WPS policies and discourses. This working paper demonstrates that forcibly displaced persons skirt the margins of the WPS agenda.
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