Mapping National Action Plans

What are 1325 National Action Plans?

The adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in 2000 was a groundbreaking achievement for the inclusion of women in international affairs, and for the recognition of women’s vital contributions to peace and security. Prior to the resolution, women remained relatively invisible, and their voices muted, in international affairs.

The passage of UNSCR 1325 was a major success for the WPS movement. It’s important to recognize that UNSCR 1325 does not simply pay lip service to the importance of women’s full participation in creating durable peace and security – it’s a mandate that calls them to action. To ensure that states follow through with their commitments, in 2005, the Security Council called on individual states to create National Action Plans (NAPs) detailing how they will fulfill the requirements of the mandate.

NAPs are essentially each state’s strategy—a sequence for direct action—for implementing UNSCR 1325 in their unique contexts. Over 65 countries now have NAPs on Women, Peace and Security, each designed and monitored by civil society groups and implemented by government agencies. Although the structure for implementation varies from country to country, overall NAPs are a powerful tool for advancing the WPS agenda by prompting meaningful change in funding, practices, and policy. NAPs provide governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society groups with a comprehensive framework to ensure the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and politics, and gendered protections for women and girls, and men and boys both during and following violent conflicts.

How to Use the NAP Map

We have developed an interactive NAP map to reflect the current status of each state’s commitment to Resolution 1325. Among other things, the NAP Map is a useful tool to:

  1. View a geographic representation of the nations that have adopted and/or revised a NAP
  2. Find WPS experts and organizations on the ground
  3. Determine the status of women’s representation in countries that have NAPs

Hover over each state to see a country’s NAP adoption status, Global Peace Index rank, percentage of women in parliament, and the civil society organizations that are involved in the NAP process.

States in light blue are those that have adopted a NAP and are in the elementary stages of implementation. Dark blue states are those that have adopted and revised a NAP at least once. Revisions are a healthy sign. As the international system shifts and grows, so will the corresponding NAPs. 

We will update the NAP Map as more information is released, including as more countries adopt and revise their NAPs, and as budget allocations to Women, Peace, and Security efforts are made available to the public.