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A Free National Action Plan Development Toolkit

National Action Plan Development Toolkit shows how you can use the global Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda as a tool to promote greater gender justice, peace and freedom for all in your own country.

You will find information on how to advocate for the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. This includes background information about UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda; information on how to conduct advocacy campaigns; and talking points and tools for meeting with government representatives.


This toolkit provides key information and resources for civil society to leverage global commitments toward local change in their home countries through development of a WPS National Action Plan (NAP). While NAPs are just one way of connecting global commitments and local change, they can provide a useful opportunity to amplify women-led civil society’s voices and insights in governmental action on security issues, and to create an institutional framework for developing country level action addressing women’s experiences in promoting peace. We encourage you to use these
resources to demand a strong National Action Plan in your own country, if you do not have one, and to evaluate the process in which any plan is
being developed and implemented.

A key tool for peace activists addressing these concerns is international law: The United Nations (UN) and its member states have committed
themselves to a variety of human rights, humanitarian, and security obligations, which local stakeholders can use to leverage concrete
action. From the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to the Security Council
resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), international law can provide a standard to which states can be held accountable.

You can download this toolkit for free here.

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