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Domestication: A Critical Analysis of the 5th UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katharine A. M. WrightORCiD


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In February 2023, the UK released the fifth iteration of its National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) covering the period 2023-2027. The announcement, and the document more specifically, reflect the UK’s ambition to be at the forefront of states implementing this policy framework for advancing the rights and empowerment of women globally. As one of the first countries to adopt a comprehensive NAP in 2006, the UK has consistently championed the WPS agenda in international settings through a process of updates and revisions in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Cementing the UK’s position at the vanguard of this agenda, the UK is also a penholder for WPS at the UN Security Council, meaning it often initiates and drafts resolutions. NAPs are an integral part the WPS agenda, which was first articulated in UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and encapsulated to date, in nine follow-up resolutions. The eventual realisation of UNSCR 1325 in 2000 was far from a fait accompli and built on decades of organizing by women in and around the UN, especially by members of civil society organizations (CSOs) who have championed the NAPs. Indeed, the NAPs represent the implementation phase of the WPS agenda. They outline states’ strategic priorities and are intended to set out measurable actions to be pursued by a range of actors at the national and transnational level to advance women’s empowerment and participation in security processes. This dossier provides a detailed evaluation of the UK’s 5th NAP in the context of the evolution of the WPS Agenda internationally as well as its application as a framework for mainstreaming gender in security policies at the national level.

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Author(s): Wright KAM, Haastrup T, Guerrina R

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

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Year: 2023

Online publication date: 08/05/2023

Acceptance date: 20/04/2023

Institution: Newlines Institute