On Sunday, 3rd of December the Jordanian Council of Ministers headed by Prime Minister Mr. Hani Al-Mulki approved the final draft of the National Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security that aims to promote and advance women’s participation in peacekeeping, peacebuilding activities, and conflict prevention, to protect women from gender-based violence (GBV) and to ensure equal access to relief and recovery assistance, in areas of conflict and insecurity.
The National Action Plan draft was prepared by the steering committee of the National Coalition for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 which was established in 2010 by the Jordanian National Commission for Women. The National Coalition is a consultative body consisting of 40 organizations of civil society, government, security and military. The NAP includes four strategic objectives and actions that address the four key pillars of the resolution (Participation, Prevention, Protection and Peacebuilding):
- Ensure the active and meaningful participation of women in the security and military sectors as well as the peacemaking missions.
- Achieve women’s active participation in preventing and combating radicalization and gender based violence as well as women’s participation in national and regional peace-building.
- Provide responsive and gender sensitive humanitarian services such as psychological, social, legal and medical services.
- Create a culture that supports gender equality and catalyzes the role of women, including young women's role in achieving peace and security, which contributes significantly to the achievement of other strategic objectives.
The UNSCR 1325 reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security. The adoption of the Jordanian National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UNSCR 1325 is a significant step towards enabling women’s participation and protection in the processes of conflict resolution and peace-building in Jordan.
In the declaration of the Euro-Med Women’s Rights Civil Society conference, Euromed Feminist Initiative stressed the need to develop and adopt in all Euro-Med countries NAPs for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 as a goal in itself and a means to include women in peace negotiation and decision making and curb violence against women. Include refugee women in the preparation of these NAPs and in all management positions in camps and refugee settlements.