El Salvador: Drawing up a National Action Plan on women, peace and security

NIMD is proud to have contributed to drafting the National Action Plan for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security in El Salvador, in collaboration with UN Women and Cordaid, and with the support of the Group of Friends of the R1325.

Resolution 1325 sets out the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace-building and peacekeeping. It calls on member states to ensure women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

The National Action Plan sets out a detailed series of actions to help El Salvador to achieve these goals. It has the potential to be a powerful tool to help the Government, multilateral organizations, and civil society to increase the inclusion of women in politics, and protect the rights of women and girls.

Throughout 2016, NIMD supported the creation of the Plan through a series of forums and workshops, including an exchange between governmental and non-governmental representatives from Guatemala, Colombia and El Salvador, held in Bogotá.

In addition, NIMD funded a diagnostic study entitled “Women, Peace and Security: A report on the status of completion of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in El Salvador” and a second document on “Women, peace and Security: Tailoring UNSC Resolution 1325 to the context of El Salvador”, which aimed to facilitate the implementation of the Resolution in the country.

The National Action Plan has now been presented to the Chancellery in El Salvador with the objective of raising awareness of this tool and take the necessary steps towards its implementation.

NIMD’s input was made possible by the funding of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Democratic Dialogue for Environmental Security programme and the Strategic Partnership programme.