About Us

About the Coalition

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, the Asia Pacific region and globally. The Coalition works to progress the implementation and scope of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2012-2018, and by working constructively and collaboratively with the Australian Government towards the realisation of the goals set forth in the UN Security Council Resolutions on WPS. Coalition members have expertise ranging from the gendered impacts of armed conflict to women’s participation in peacebuilding.

The role of the Coalition is to:

  1. Monitor the implementation of the Australian National Action plan on UNSCR 1325 and other international commitments made by the Commonwealth government on issues related to women, peace and security;
  2. Provide evidence-based advice and critical input to the Commonwealth government and International Institutions on issues related to women, peace and security and
  3. Share and disseminate information on the implementation of Australia’s and international commitments to the United Nations’ Women Peace and Security agenda.

In performing this role, the Coalition aims to ensure accountability towards the goals set forth in the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122; and future commitments).

Why join as a member of the Coalition?

The Australia Civil Society Coalition on women, peace and security brings together activisits, feminists, practitioners , humanitarian actors and those with first hand experience working in the frontline on issues relating to women, peace and security.

Joining the Coalition will enable you, your network or organisation to connect and build alliances with others working on issues related to Women, Peace and Security; attend quarterly Coalition meetings in State capital hubs and share updates on your work (including research, policy, programs or advocacy activities). Members also have the opportunity to learn from and share information; contribute to policy positions, papers and submissions (for instance, to the Commisssion on the Status of Women or Parliamentary Inquiries); and join common advocacy platforms to advance and influence the WPS agenda.

Membership is by application. Please see Joining the Coalition for membership criteria and the application form.

WPS Coalition Steering Committee Members (as at 2017):

Anuradha Mundkur, ACFID

Barbara O’Dwyer, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Carol Angir, Actionaid Australia

Laura Shepherd, University of New South Wales

Sarah Boyd, The Gender Agency

Sharon Smee, International Women’s Development Agency

Susan Hutchinson, Independent expert on Women Peace and Security

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