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:
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