On 3 September 2015, WO=MEN, the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law hosted a large variety of organizations working in the field of women, peace and security with the aim to gather feedback on the first draft of the third National Action Plan on Resolution 1325.
This meeting was a follow-up of an earlier interactive kick-off meeting. A first draft of the third National Action Plan (NAP) was presented and the participants divided into subgroups to give comments on the different chapters.
First the signatories looked at the Theory of Change that had been formulated by the reading group. The participants were challenged to come up with common activities towards the objectives outlined in the Theory of Change, which could be implemented by several NAP signatories. Next, the participants looked at each other’s results and provided constructive feedback. After this session, the participants discussed the two chapters that had been shared beforehand.
In the afternoon, participants shared their experiences on working on Women, Peace and Security through a story-telling session. This was a fresh and interactive way to share experiences from many different backgrounds in an informal setting. The day was closed with an interesting panel discussion on the future challenges and perspectives on Resolution 1325, with a panel composed of representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and civil society and knowledge institutions.
About the Dutch National Action Plan 1325
The Dutch National Action Plan is a unique a cooperation between civil society, the Dutch government institutions, and knowledge institutions on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. The coordinators of the Dutch National Action Plan, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and WO=MEN, have aimed to make the process as inclusive as possible. Should you wish to receive information on the next steps, please contact Anne Kwakkenbos, NAP coordinator at WO=MEN: firstname.lastname@example.org.