PSRP researchers take part in consultation on UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

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PSRP researchers Professor Fionnuala Ní Aoláin and Dr Catherine O’Rourke submitted written responses to the consultation process of the LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security, drawing inter alia on their research for PSRP. The consultation provided an opportunity for academics to give feedback on the UK government’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The Centre for Women, Peace and Security published the responses in a summary paper in early May.

Key recommendations included:

  • In response to shifts in the global political landscape, the next NAP must commit the UK to protecting advances made in women, peace and security policy and its implementation and demonstrate continuing global leadership in this area by counteracting attempts to undermine the agenda.

  • In addition to its focus on the UK’s external engagement, the next NAP should include a greater focus on the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda at home, including in its application to Northern Ireland, implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty, the ratification of the Istanbul Convention, and in upholding the rights of refugees and asylum seekers coming to the UK.

  • The UK government should apply a human rights-based approach to the implementation of women, peace and security commitments, including economic and social rights, and make this explicit in the new NAP. It should resist any moves to subordinate the human rights lens to security objectives.

  • The new NAP should provide greater transparency around what funding the UK government will commit to its implementation.

For more information download the summary paper.

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