Annual Women Peace and Security Dialogues
The Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security is held each year to bring together civil society, government and policy makers to discuss women, peace and security and to contribute to effective implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. To date the Dialogue has aimed to:
- Showcase the contribution of civil society organisations to the women, peace and security agenda in the context of UNSCR 1325.
- Facilitate effective dialogue between civil society and the Australian Government on women, peace and security in the context of UNSCR 1325.
- Support shadow reporting on the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
- Elevate the national discussion on women, peace and security.
In 2018 the Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security will focus on the most effective role that civil society can play in the development, implementation and monitoring of Australia’s Second National Action on Women Peace and Security. It will provide the opportunity to use the Second NAP as a tool to bring about change in how government and civil society can work together for peace and gender justice and strengthen women’s participation in peace processes.
The 2018 Dialogue will build on the previous civil society Dialogues (2013-2017) and provide new thoughts and a critical platform for the work that will follow in 2019 as Australia moves forward to a Second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
2018 Annual Civil Society Dialogue Structure
The 2018 Dialogue is structured in two parts:
1. Civil Society Engagement in the Second National Action Plan: Roundtable Discussions (12-16 November 2018)
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.
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
2. Civil Society and Government Policy Dialogue (29 November 2018)
The 2nd part of the 2018 Dialogue is a facilitated Civil Society and Government Policy Dialogue, in Canberra, with government stakeholders, diverse women’s organisations and other civil society organisations.
Held in Canberra on the 30th of November 2017, the fifth annual Civil Society Dialogue was a key opportunity to consider what we mean by peace and security in the current global climate and the context of emerging issues in our region and to hear from the diversity of women’s voices. The Policy Dialogue was attended by Government officials (with portfolio responsibilities relating to the Australian NAP) and representatives of civil society.
The 2017 Dialogue built on the previous Civil Society Dialogues (2013-2016) as well as the outcomes of the 2017 Civil Society Roundtable discussions held in a number of Australian capital cities (Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart and Sydney) throughout September. The Roundtables provided a forum for Australian women and women from the Asia Pacific region, to discuss what peace and security meant to them and how their practical understandings and experiences of WPS can translate into building an informed and effective WPS policy and action in Australia. More information about the Roundtable discussions and findings can be found here.
The 2016 Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security was held in Canberra on the 13th of October to continue conversations between government and civil society about the implementation of UN Resolution 1325 through Australia’s National Action Plan (NAP). The fourth Dialogue comes after an independent interim review into Australia’s progress on the NAP as well as the Global Study into the implementation of resolution 1325.
The 2016 Dialogue focused on looking back on the progress to date, looking around at the current and emerging issues that can impact the implementation of Australia’s NAP and the WPS agenda, and looking forward to future areas of focus with a specialist session on Bougainville to highlight women’s role in maintaining peace and preventing further conflict. You can read more about the dialogue here.
The 2015 Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security was held on Thursday 22 October, to mark the 15th anniversary of United Nations Security Council 1325. The event was held at University House, at the Australian National University. You can see the program for the Dialogue here.
Each of the sessions was recorded for you to listen to at your convenience. Please click on the following titles to link through to the podcasts:
- Introductory remarks and message from the Australian Government
- Panel session: Women, Peace and Security in Myanmar
- Panel session: Women, Peace and Security in Solomon Islands
- In conversation: what is men’s leadership for Women, Peace and Security?
- Plenary session: reporting back on small group discussions about Australia’s National Action Plan; and the concluding remarks, providing a good summary of the day.
The 2014 Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security was held on 23 September in the Great Hall at University House. You can find the program for the Dialogue here.
The 2014 Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan is due to be launched by the Minister in February 2015.
The 2013 Annual Civil Society Dialogue was held in April in University House, at the Australian National University.
The 2013 Annual Civil Society Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security was launched by Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash on 16 October.