DKI APCSS prioritizes the US Government’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as an imperative component of inclusion in the security sector. We are at the forefront of US Department of Defense eﬀorts to further its objectives.
Women, Peace and Security is a global initiative to promote gender inclusive strategies in response to evolving national and transnational threats. The gendered innovations in policy formulation reflect the shift in the traditional understanding of state security in view of its relationship with community security. WPS is an emergent peace and security agenda advancing the critical role women play in defining, understanding and addressing complex security challenges alongside men, as equal stakeholders. In acknowledging the importance of women’s participation in advancing these objectives, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously adopted its landmark resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in October 2000. Since then, ten supporting resolutions have been adopted to promote the role of women in: conflict prevention and resolution, peace negotiations, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. Notably, the UN resolutions also highlight the important role men play in enabling the inclusive agenda across the tiers of government, civil society and grassroots communities.