Civil society engaging in the drafting process of the new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
With the support of UN Women and in cooperation with the Inter-Agency Commission on Gender Equality, Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, a consultation meeting was held with women’s civil society organizations (CSOs) on the development of the fourth National Action Plan for the Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (NAP).
The findings and recommendations of the independent monitoring of the 2018-2020 NAP undertaken by the women’s CSOs, as well as the results of the NAP monitoring by the Public Defender’s Office, were presented and discussed at the meeting. It was emphasized by the CSO representatives that despite the progress made, the Government needs to strengthen its efforts to implement the NAP, including allocating an appropriate budget for its implementation.
During the consultation meeting, representatives of women’s CSOs discussed the needs and priorities of internally displaced and conflict-affected women. Issues such as ensuring CSO participation in the drafting and implementation of the NAP, localization in target municipalities, access to health care and other essential services, and human security were further discussed.
“I think we should add localization to the new NAP as a separate direction, which reflects the needs of the IDP and conflict-affected population,” noted Elene-Maia Rusetskaia, Chairperson of the Women’s Information Center. “We can include a necessary mechanism that we lack today - coordination and cooperation between the central government and the local municipalities. The Government should assist the municipalities in implementing the NAP.”
At the end of the meeting, the representatives of the women’s CSOs discussed the priority areas and activities that, according to their recommendations, should be reflected in the new NAP.
Consultation meetings with IDP women and those living in villages adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Lines are also planned as part of the NAP drafting process. After these meetings, the NAP will be submitted to the Government of Georgia for final approval.
The consultation meeting was held within the framework of the UN Women project “Accelerating Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Georgia”, generously supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the British Government.