Liberia's Second Phase of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP WPS) (2019-2023) was endorsed on 25th November 2019 at the monthly cabinet meeting presided over by the President of Liberia. The second phase NAP is available below, and analysis is forthcoming.
Liberia developed a NAP in 2009 for the period 2009-2013. The Ministry of Gender and Development led the NAP's development process, but in the opening paragraph it acknowledges the government, the United Nations, and civil society's role in helping develop the Liberian NAP - "We extend our appreciation to all the women’s groups, CBOs, the local NGOs, faith-based institutions, traditional leaders, county authorities and the international NGOs."
Liberia is in a post-conflict recovery phase and current UN Peacekeeping mission. Liberia has a long history of systematic exploitation and armed violence against civilians perpetrated by successive oppressive dictatorships. The emergence of armed opposition groups vying for state power in the 1990’s mired Liberia in civil conflict for 14 years. The NAP places an emphasis on the contributions of Liberian women to peacebuilding and in post-conflict recovery - “women have played a significant role in ensuring a sustainable Peace Accord that has laid the basis for the current post-conflict recovery phase.” Indeed, the first female Head of State in Africa is President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
From a recent academic analysis: One of the most specific NAPs, the Liberian NAP includes an executive summary that provides a succinct review of the background of WPS in Liberia, the NAP development process, the main priority areas for implementation, and the mechanism through which monitoring and evaluation are to be conducted. The NAP includes a relatively detailed timeline of the process of development. It also identifies ten strategic issue areas under the four pillars. The Liberian NAP is the only one to include a matrix outlining stakeholders and their key responsibilities that goes beyond the action plan to include measures such as developing a roster of competent women in peace-building and conflict prevention (Miller, Pournik, & Swaine, 2014).