Working collectively towards gender equality and sustainable peace


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.


Women Peace and Security 2020 Webinar Series


2020 marks the:

  • 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325,
  • 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA),
  • 5th anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and
  • 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN).

In a year of so many anniversaries, campaigns and consultations, and changing climate, bushfires and pandemics, it is critical that gender equality and feminist peace remain front and centre of all discussions and actions in 2020 and beyond. This means ensuring that the diversity of women’s voices – in Australia, in our region and globally – as well as civil society organisations and individuals with interest in women, peace and security (WPS) – can be heard, and meaningfully integrated into debates, policy and practice.

WILPF Australia’s WPS 2020 Webinar Series seeks to have an open conversation about the:

  • progress and gaps in the implementation of the WPS agenda;
  • identify priorities for WPS commitments;
  • strengthen the meaningful engagement of civil society; and
  • develop strategies to move on a holistic approach to the implementation of the WPS agenda.

Event Details

29 September 2020, 5:30-6:30 (AEST)
Women, Peace and Security: Civil Society’s Role in Building UNSCR 1325


8 October 2020, 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Australia’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (2012-19):
Gender Equality, Human Security and Sustainable Development


27 October 2020, 5:30-6:30pm (AEST)
Redefining understandings of security and the WPS agenda: crises, climate and pandemics


The WPS Coalition’s 2020 Federal Budget Statement

As the world prepares to commemorate 20 years of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda globally, alongside other global anniversaries, the Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security is concerned that Australia has taken a backwards step in announcing its largest ever defence budget.

Read the statement

The Australian Foreign Policy White Paper, gender and conflict prevention: ties that don’t bind

In this article, Christina Agius and Anu Mundkur argue that the neglect of gender and conflict prevention in Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper has implications for its stated aspirations about peace and security. This is striking considering the attention that gender—particularly in the context of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda—has received in other policy areas and documents.

UNSCR 1325 at 20 Years: Perspectives from Feminist Peace Activists and Civil Society

In this report, WILPF assesses what the implementation of Resolution 1325 practically looks like on the ground for its original owners and partners–feminist peace activists, peacebuilders, and civil society members.

Working Together for Equality: NGO Beijing +25 Review 2019 (Australia)

Australia is part of the ongoing Australian Civil Society monitoring and evaluation of women’s rights commitments made by the Australian Government and Civil Society for the advancement of women through the use of agreed strategies from the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) and the Beijing +5 Outcomes Document. The purpose of this document is to measure Australia’s progress in the last 5 years (2014-2019) against the BPFA.

Statement by a WPS Coalition Member

WILPF has drafted a statement for Global Days of Action on Military Spending (GDAMS) which takes place in mid-April every year. The statement highlights the need to increase investment in human security and well-being.


It’s a busy month with the organisation of many events to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325. Here are recordings from some events.

Monash GPS: What’s Next for The Women, Peace and Security Agenda at 20? Indonesian and Australian Experts Discuss

In 2020, we commemorate 20 years of the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in October 2000. In anticipation of the UN Security Council Open Debate on WPS in late October, this dialogue will focus in particular on how both Indonesia and Australia can further promote and support women’s meaningful participation with the aim of bringing greater security to the Indo Pacific region.

New York University: Women’s Peacebuilding Work – Unrecognized Care?  

Feminist and women’s peace-making work is largely unrecognized and is chronically under-resourced. COVID-19 has amplified this gap; even though women peacebuilders are at the forefront of responses, they continue to be excluded from public decision-making on recovery. This seminar introduces findings on the topic of peacebuilding as care from the University of Sydney, as well as perspectives from grassroots peacebuilders.


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.