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.

Open Statement: Women Demand Urgent Action and Accountability for Gaza Crisis

The Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace, and Security urgently appeals to the Australian Government to take immediate and decisive action in response to the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. We adamantly advocate for an immediate ceasefire, demand accountability for attacks on civilians, and call for increased support for Palestinian women who bear a disproportionate burden of the conflict’s impact.

With the support of over 60 esteemed Australian women leaders and peace activists, we stand united in our commitment to addressing this urgent crisis. We invite you to join our cause and lend your voice to the call for action.

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Our latest reports and submissions

Women Peace and Security Government-Civil Society Dialogue Report 


The Women Peace and Security Government-Civil Society Dialogue 2023, organised by the Australian Civil Society Coalition on Women, Peace and Security in collaboration with the Australian Civil-Military Centre (ACMC) and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), convened participants to discuss the implementation of Australia’s Second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2021–2031. The dialogue provided a platform for implementing agencies, civil society organisations, women’s rights advocates, and WPS experts to address opportunities and challenges in advancing the goals of the WPS NAP. Key insights and recommendations emerged from discussions aimed at driving effective implementation and promoting women’s inclusion in peace and security efforts. This report highlights the outcomes and key takeaways from the dialogue, underscoring the commitment to advancing women’s rights and peacebuilding in Australia and beyond.

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Afghanistan Briefing Paper 


This report outlines the findings from our Afghanistan Convening, which focused on the challenges facing women in the midst of the country’s complex humanitarian crisis. With widespread displacement, unemployment, and deteriorating health services exacerbated by the Taliban’s resurgence, the situation has become dire. Women’s rights have particularly suffered, with education and employment opportunities stripped away. The convening, held on October 31st, 2023, provided a platform for Afghan women leaders to share their experiences and discuss responses from civil society. This report summarises key challenges and offers recommendations for the Australian Government and civil society to support the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda in Afghanistan.



The Coalition released an open statement on October 31, 2023, focusing on the escalating humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the declining Women, Peace, and Security agenda. It highlights concerns about the situation and calls for immediate action to protect civilians, implement the WPS agenda, and promote peace in the region.

Myanmar Convening Briefing Paper 


This report presents the outcomes of our Myanmar Convening, a gathering focused on understanding the efforts of women’s civil society organisations in the wake of the turmoil following Myanmar’s military coup on February 1, 2021. It also provides recommendations on ways the Australian Government can enhance its support and resources to bolster these organisations’ work.



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.

Ukraine Convening Briefing Paper 

This paper sets out the findings of a convening to explore the work of women’s civil society in contexts impacted by the invasion of Ukraine, including recommendations for how the Australian Government can further support and resource their effort


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