Paraguay launched its first National Action Plan (NAP) in 2015. The NAP was created to establish a framework, strategies, and actions for coordinated implementation of UNSCR 1325.
The Action Plan was the result of joint efforts between different national institutions in the framework of a Specific Agreement of Inter-institutional Cooperation signed between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Women, the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Interior, and the Command of the Military Forces of Paraguay.
The Action Plan includes four guiding principles: Equal Rights; Gender Equality; Participatory Democracy; and Comprehensiveness. Civil society is only briefly mentioned in the monitoring of the NAP. The NAP aims at the elimination of cultural barriers that hinder the full participation of women in all aspects related to negotiations and resolution of conflicts, peace and security at the national level. There is no allocated budget or financing plan for objectives set out in the NAP. The NAP also does not address disarmament issues or connect the proliferation of weapons with women’s insecurity.
Paraguay does not have a recent history of conflict and women generally enjoy the same legal status and rights as men. However, the National Action Plan has an internal focus, and it aims at eliminating all the cultural barriers that prevent women from participating to all societal spheres.