Conflict Resolution Unit in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led extensive consultation in the development Ireland’s second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security which was launched by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan T.D.
This plan will run from 2015-2018 and has an increased focus on the empowerment and participation of women in conflict-resolution and peace-building.
The Plan is based on four pillars:
The Strategic Aims of the Plan are to:
The Plan outlines Ireland’s commitments and planned actions to implement the WPS resolutions including actions by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Department of Justice and Equality, the Department of Defence, the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána, the Health Services Executive, and Tusla (the Child and Family Agency).
This Plan takes account of international developments in the Women, Peace and Security agenda, including a greater focus on the empowerment and participation of women, while maintaining a unique outward and inward looking features of Ireland’s first Plan (inward and outward looking actions). Outward looking actions relate to overseas development aid, peace-keeping and diplomatic engagement. Inward looking actions relate to migrant women affected by conflict living in Ireland, and women affected by the Northern Ireland conflict.
An Oversight Group chaired independently by Nora Owen has been established to oversee the implementation of Ireland’s second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The Group has undertaken its programme of work. Further information is available on the Oversight Group page.
United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 was adopted in 2000. Its adoption was an important watershed marking global recognition of the unique and disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls, and the importance of their participation in decision-making in conflict and post-conflict situations.
The binding commitments of UNSCR 1325 strive towards the full and equal participation of women in decision-making processes around issues related to peace and security; for the protection of women and girls from gender-based violence; and the implementation of gender perspectives in all peace-making and peace building strategies undertaken by the United Nations and its Member States.
UNSCR 1325 has been complemented and strengthened by the adoption of UNSCR 1820 (2008), UNSCR 1888 (2009), UNSCR 1889 (2009), UNSCR 1960 (2010), UNSCR 2106 (2013), UNSCR 2122 (2013) and UNSCR 2242 (2015), all of which Ireland co-sponsored. Taken together, these resolutions comprise the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda.
This National Action Plan has been informed by the Mid-Term Progress Report and Final Evaluation of the first National Action Plan (2011 – 2014) which were produced by independent consultants.
The Plan has also been informed by an extensive consultation and drafting process, led by the Conflict Resolution Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and overseen by an independently chaired Consultative Group comprised of an equal balance of relevant public servants, and civil society and academic representatives.
The Consultation process included extensive engagement with relevant Government Departments and agencies, input from the Consultative Group, a written public consultation (to which 37 submissions were received) and a Consultative Workshop held in Iveagh House with over 100 statutory, civil society and academic participants.