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Agenda on women, peace and security unnoticed more for the Spanish Government

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Since Alliance opr solidarity, such as civil society, we are calling for a real commitment of the Spanish Government for the effective implementation of the Agenda on women, peace and security


On July 28 was approved by the Council of Ministers the II National Plan of action on women, peace
y Seguridad (2017-2023), thus fulfilling the commitment announced by the Prime Minister in October, 2015, in the context of the high level of the United Nations Security Council debate. In this process and as stated in the approved Plan participation agreed civil society and organizations of women responding to a historical vindication of women's organizations, that since the development of the first plan They claimed to be part of all processes of implementation of resolution 1325. In addition, it's one of the main recommendations of the study on the implementation of resolution 1325 of the United Nations Security Council, which, after fifteen years of the resolution raised many questions in terms of the approach and real commitments of States to enforce their compliance.

As feminist and civil-society organizations and on the basis of the approval of the Plan II of Spain we positively value that there has been a certain openness to our participation in the process of elaboration of the new Plan of action. However, we want to show that this participation has been hampered by multiple limitations that have become one timely consultation rather than on effective and substantive participation with little planning, and which has resulted in that in the New Action Plan has a limited incorporation of the proposals taken
by civil society.

Despite the difficulties that has represented the absence of clear planning, lack of formal participation spaces, as well as times established working to raise contributions and proposals, the organisations of civil society we have developed specific proposals to Plan in line with the international recommendations and policy coherence. The lack of integration of the proposals and recommendations of the civil society is reflected in the Plan:

  • There own budget or specific budgetary commitments.
  • There a timetable or schedule, making it difficult to the planning and monitoring.
  • There is some imbalance between the content of declarative character of the purely operational contents of the Plan, which focuses on the lack of specificity in the air how will apply and implement frameworks, objectives and principles declared to the length of the text. This leads to a falta de coherencia verticalthat is, insufficient correspondence between the principles mentioned, objectives, measures and areas of action and thematic areas.
  • Se observa una lack of horizontal coherence,,es,between the various frames,,es,existing plans and instruments for external action that are part of other plans developed by the various participating ministries,,es,although some relevant plans or frameworks relevant to the implementation of this plan are mentioned,,es,it is not addressed or mentioned how the necessary coordination between connections will be carried out and harmonization of synergies between them,,es,It lacks impact and process indicators,,es among the various frameworks, plans and existing external action instruments that fall under other plans developed by the different participating ministries. Thus, although mentioned some plans or relevant existing frames in what refers to the implementation of the present plan, not addressed or mentioned are going to carry out the necessary coordination between the connections and harmonisation of synergies between them.
  • It lacks indicators of impact and process, as well as indicators of gender, establishing mainly descriptive and quantitative indicators of activity, not measuring the achievement, or the transformative impact of the actions.
  • Do not set a clear objective of support to women's organizations, eliminates the term feminist plan and terms related to the language of rights, which limits the transformative nature of actions.
  • Does not promote a questioning of the structures of patriarchal power that lead to the serious impacts of gender which have armed conflict on women and girls, nor international militaristic policy, which as the study identifies world on the implementation of resolution 1325 of the UN Security Council, they pose a serious obstacle to international peace and security.
  • Lack of references and measures to the necessary policy coherence, between the different dimensions of foreign policy Spanish, to ensure that it does not contribute to the generation of the causes of conflicts (weapons trade, security policies,) etc).

For all these reasons, and as organizations involved in the follow-up to this agenda, call on the Spanish Government to establish the necessary procedures, as well as the resources to which the commitments of Spain with the women, peace and security agenda generate effective impacts, and impact on more sustained and equal peace building processes. So consider it essential accountability, effective participation of civil society and organizations of women and feminists, as well as the effective incorporation of the gender approach from a dual strategy of empowerment and mainstreaming in all actions driven.

Based on the fulfilment of the second National Plan of action is an international commitment and an agenda both foreign policy and domestic policy, ask political parties of the opposition making a demanding follow-up work, in coordination with civil society organizations and feminist organizations involved in the agenda.

Taking into account that the PNA II reiterated that the Agenda of women, peace and security is a human rights agenda, we demand the Spanish Government that, despite the limitations in terms of goals and measures laid down in the text of the Plan specific start specific actions with a transforming capacity. This implies that will strengthen the pillars of the Plan related to justice, education and it should prioritize the measures of support to the participation of women in peace processes. Also that will strengthen women and feminist organizations and established effective sharing spaces with civil society and local organizations on the ground. The concrete implementation of the II National Plan of action, which is defined as a living document, must correct the weaknesses and shortcomings of the approved text, so I impulse effective implementation of resolution 1325.

* Photo: 1325: women determined to build peace. The Government of Spain

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