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Civil Society Roundtables

The Australian Women Peace & Security Coalition invites you to participate in a civil society roundtable focusing on identifying how women’s voices can be heard and resourced in the design and implementation of the 2nd National Action Plan (NAP) for Women, Peace and Security.

This series of Roundtables (Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra) is an extremely important forum to ensure that the concerns, challenges, ideas and aspirations of women are included by Government in the NAP. The focus of the Roundtables will be on generating ideas for ongoing dialogue across civil society and between civil society and Government on peace and security.

These Roundtables are safe spaces for honest discussions for anyone representing a civil society organisation, or any individuals who care about peace and security in practice.

The time for dialogue with Government will come afterwards – for now, we invite all non-government stakeholders to come together – let’s share thoughts and ideas on how women’s voices can be engaged, resourced and respected.

Event Details

Melbourne Tuesday 13th November 2-5pm* refreshments provided

Sydney Wednesday 14th November 12-2pm* lunch provided

Canberra Thursday 15th November 5.30-7.30pm* refreshments provided

Can’t join us? Share your ideas by completing a short survey or Register your interest to join a teleconference on Friday 16th November 1-3pm by emailing


New Blog

In Our national turning point, WPS Coalition member Jean Brown makes a strong case for recognising that reconciliation and Australia’s relationship to its First Nations people is an integral part of the domestic peace and security agenda.


Issue Papers

The Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women Peace and Security commissioned the writing of thematically focused Issue Papers to inform the development of Australia’s second National Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2nd NAP) and to advance the discussion on women, peace and security in Australia. These Issue Papers build on key themes outlined in “Listening to Women’s Voice and Making the Connections to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Fifth Report of the Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security.”

The latest issue paper (issue paper 7) focusses on monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning. The effective implementation of Australia’s WPS policy and the accountability of the Australian Government to UNSCR 1325 is ultimately contingent on the development of an adequate monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) system.



The Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security (‘the Coalition’) is a non-partisan and independent coalition of civil society organisations, networks and individuals working to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Australia, Asia and the Pacific region and globally.

The Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women Peace and Security brings together activists, feminists, practitioners, humanitarian actors and those with first-hand experience working in the frontline on issues relating to women, peace and security. Coalition members have wide ranging expertise in gender and peace.

Education & Public Engagement

Share and disseminate information on the implementation of Australia’s and international commitments to the United Nations’ Women Peace and Security agenda.

Policy & Advocacy

Provide evidence-based advice and critical input to the Commonwealth government and International Institutions on issues related to women, peace and security.

Monitoring & Analysis

Monitor the implementation of the Australian National Action plan on UNSCR 1325 and other international commitments made by the Australian government on issues related to women, peace and security.


Reports of the Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security capture key discussions between civil society, government and policy makers on women, peace and security and to contribute to effective implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.  The Coalition also commissions articles that serve as think-pieces to advance the women peace and security agenda.


Membership is by application. To request to join the Coalition please complete the application form below. Organisations, networks and individuals requesting membership must fit the following criteria:

  • A civil society organisation, network or individual advocating for women’s rights and empowerment in issues related to women, peace and security.
  • Experience and knowledge of UNSCR 1325 and related UN resolutions and the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
  • Members must attend all scheduled meetings (members may provide information by email in lieu of attending or nominate a proxy to attend).
  • Members must agree to champion the Coalition within and outside of existing networks.
  • In the case of civil society organisations and networks:
    • One representative who will be able to commit to attending quarterly Coalition meetings and contribute substantively to the Coalition’s work.
    • A second staff member to act as secondary representative on the Coalition.
    • Member organisations must confirm in writing their two representatives to the Coalition.

Membership requests will be assessed by the Coalition Steering Committee. Membership may be withdrawn if members fail to meet the above criteria, including meeting attendance.

All members (with prior approval) will be listed on the Coalition website and will be placed on the Coalition mailing list.

The Coalition meets via teleconference (3-5 pm AEST) four times a year.

2018 meeting dates are: 28 February, 9 May, 21 August, and 7 November.


I agree to attend all scheduled Coalition meetings, or to nominate a proxy or provide information via email when I cannot attend

I agree to champion the Coalition within and outside of existing networks

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