The Australian WPS Coalition seeks to influence Australian Government policies on peace and security to adopt a transformative women, peace and security agenda that shifts away from militarised and securitised approaches to a people-centered human security approach to sustainable peace and development.

Our policy and advocacy work involves advising National Action Plan implementing agencies through our participation in governance mechanisms, working with other women peace and security networks and coalitions, policy submissions and engaging with our members through the annual civil society dialogue.


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.

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Interim review of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security welcomed by the Australian Civil Society Coalition for Women, Peace and Security

  On 8 April 2016, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Women announced the release of the independent interim review of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018 (‘the NAP’), conducted by the independent Humanitarian Advisory...



Advocacy letter to the Prime Minister

“The Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security expresses deep concern and disappointment at the Australian Government’s announcement of its global Defence Export Strategy and intention to become one of the world’s biggest arms manufacturers and exporters over the next decade.”

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Christopher Pyne’s response to the Coalition’s Arms Trade letter

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Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

“The Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women Peace and Security’s submission to this Inquiry, outlines that Australia’s implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals must recognise the interconnectedness between sustainable peace and sustainable development.

We make recommendations for better linkages between the SDGs and Australia’s commitments to the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.”

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