The Government of Argentina launched its first National Action Plan (NAP) in September, 2015 for a period of three years.
The NAP is conceived as a dynamic instrument, open to modifications, built in a coordinated way within various ministries, in which there is a specific strategy to implement policies which guarantee the compliance of UNSCR on the matter of Women, Peace and Security (WPS). The development of the NAP was led by the Ministry of External Relations and Culture in coordination with the following ministries: Security; Justice and Human Rights; Interior and Transportation; Work, Labor and Social Security; Education; Health; Economy and Public Finances; and Defense.
In Argentina, women have a long history of peace activism, particularly during the Dirty War of the military dictatorship, when Argentinean mothers and grandmothers had relentlessly brought attention to the crimes of the military regime and had demanded the safe return of all the disappeared. Argentina has not been involved in large-scale conflict or war recently. The Argentinian NAP has both an internal and external focus, and is aimed at increasing women’s participation in politics and including a gender perspective in all matters related to peace and security in the national, regional and international level. The NAP is based in these three aspects: participation, protection and gender mainstreaming.