WPS-Related National Policies

Apart from creating UNSCR1325 National Action Plans, many States enact policies that reflect their international commitment towards the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. 

These policies often respond to at least one of the four pillars of the WPS Agenda, and are generally focused on gender mainstreaming and the promotion of gender equality. 

Read more about them below!


The Albanian National Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Equality focuses on the recruitment and promotion of women in the Armed Forces and the state police. Read more about it here >>


The Bolivian National Plan for Equal Opportunities fully recognizes the contribution of women to the development of the country, with an emphasis on ensuring women's full participation in decision-making spaces, equitable distribution of economic resources, technological and patrimonial resources, and the elimination of gender-based violence. Read more about it here>>


Colombia's Commitment to Equity and Empowement seeks to strengthen institutions and gender equity policies for promotion, respect, protection and guarantee of the rights of all women, with special attention to the most vulnerable, including the victims of the conflict and rural women. Read more about it here>>


Ecuador's National Agenda for Women and Gender Equality discusses production, employment, the service economy, health, eradication of violence, education, recreation, knowledge and ICT, political participation and parity, natural resources, and the environment. Read more about it here>>


Namibia's National Gender Policy seeks to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of both female and male persons in Namibia by providing mechanisms and guidelines for all sectors and other stakeholders for planning, implementing and monitoring gender equality strategies and programmes. Read more about it here>>


Peru's National Plan Against Gender-Based Violence specifies the responsibilities of, and guidelines for, different public entities in implementing Law No. 30364 on the prevention, punishment and elimination of violence against women and family members. Read more about it here>>


Romania's Implementation Plan seeks to promote a fair and balanced access of men and women, military or civilian personnel, to operational, executive and leadership posts at all hierarchical levels. Read more about it here>>

South Africa

South Africa's Gender Policy Framework proposes and recommends an institutional framework that facilitates equal access to goods and services for both women and men in the private and public spheres. Read more about it here>>


Thailand's 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan incorporates guidelines on gender equality and the empowerment of women, as part of, and a key to integrate women and gender in Thailand's global, regional and national commitments. Read more about it here>>


The National Peace Operations Training Institute of Uruguay (Spanish: La Escuela Nacional de Operaciones de Paz de Uruguay - ENOPU) provides gender training for military officers, peacekeepers and civilians. Read more about ENOPU here>>

Southern African Development Community

The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development looks into integration and main streaming of gender issues into the SADC Programme of Action and Community Building initiatives which is important to the sustainable development of the SADC region. Read more about SADC here>>

African Union

  This report provides historical background and context of the African Union Gender Policy and outlines its comitments as well as the institutional framework for the implementation of the policy. You can learn more about the AU's Gender Policy here>>