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Gender, Peace and Security In Defence

Australia announces second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

The Australian Government has released the second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, renewing its commitment to the full and equal participation of women and girls in peace and security arrangements. The Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2021-2031 builds on existing efforts to protect and promote the human rights of all women and girls, and increase the full and meaningful participation of women in peace and security processes.

Gender, Peace and Security In Defence


Situate the Australian Department of Defence as a world leader in implementing the military component of the Australian Government National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security. This will be achieved by the mainstreaming of a gender perspective across the full spectrum of military operations and commitments.


United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security reaffirms the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and peace building, the protection of women and girls, and men and boys, human rights, particularly sexual and gender based violence and stresses the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security, including relief and recovery. UNSCR1325 emphasises that durable peace and inclusive security are central to stability and prosperity. The WPS agenda places women at the centre, ensuring they can meaningfully participate and lead in local, national and global policy discussions around peace and security issues.

To facilitate the implementation of that and subsequent resolutions, the Australian Government produced the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018. Australia’s peace and security efforts are being taken forward by domestic agencies and in international settings, within and across governments and through engagement with the non-government sector and civil society. The National Action Plan is a practical step forward in establishing a framework for a coordinated, whole of government approach to implementing UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions and it demonstrates Australia’s ongoing support for the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Defence continues to implement the priorities outlined in Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, with a focus on policy and doctrine; training; personnel; mission readiness; international engagement; and governance and reporting. The integration of gender perspective across Defence military operations and commitments will continue to enhance our operational effectiveness. Chief Joint Capabilities is responsible for Defence’s implementation of the National Action Plan.

This page was last updated 16th April 2021.