The Compact on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action: Translating commitments into achievements
Commemorating the 21st Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325
The Compact on Women, Peace, and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPSHA), a multi-stakeholder initiative comprised of Member States, UN entities, regional organizations, civil society, private sector, academic and research institutions, and foundations presents a unique opportunity to address the challenges local women and youth peacebuilders and humanitarian workers face. It can contribute to increasing political support to local women and youth peacebuilders and humanitarian actors. It can promote coordination, strengthen accountability, mobilize funding, and accelerate the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda and gender equality programming in humanitarian action. The Compact seeks to drive a global movement for implementation of existing commitments on Women, Peace and Security and gender equality in Humanitarian Action.
The 151 Compact signatories – with more signatories joining – are investing in nearly 1,000 combined Compact Framework actions on financing, women’s and young women’s participation in peace processes, women’s economic security, and protection and promotion of women’s human rights. As complex crises continue to evolve globally, it is more urgent than ever that the transformative potential of the WPS-HA Compact is realized.
On the sidelines of the 21st anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS, the Permanent Missions of Mexico, Norway, and Sierra Leone to the UN, the African Union – Permanent Observer Mission to the UN, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, and UN Women are hosting a high-level multi-sectoral and regional-global discussion with the following objectives:
Raise awareness of and increase support for the WPSHA Compact across all regions;
Provide a space for interactive dialogue between Compact stakeholders, including local women and youth peacebuilders, regarding much-needed investment in peacebuilding, humanitarian action, and gender-responsive crisis response; and
Identify concrete actions to realize the WPS-HA Compact Framework fully and effectively.