The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
The OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality was set forth in December 2004.
In May 2006, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) developed an Implementation Plan to outline the "various organizational and programmatic actions designed to promote implementation of the goals and objectives of the OSCE Gender Action Plan."
Theme: Government Actors
Member states, of which there are 56, are expected to support women, peace and security agenda both through compliance with CEDAW, ICCPR, cooperation in conferences and OSCE projects, and also through creation of their own NAPs.
The ODIHR will identify projects to support in OSCE countries without missions, ensure the drafting of non-discriminatory legal and policy frameworks and seek to prevent all forms of gender-based violence.
The Secretariat and the ODIHR will be charged with engaging in gender-sensitive management policies with international, intergovernmental and regional organizations.
Theme: Civil Society Actors
Specific civil society actors are not enumerated, but it is stated that the ODIHR will facilitate dialogue and cooperation between non-governmental organizations, media and government.
OSCE's 2004 Action Plan pays particular attention to setting the terms of monitoring, likely because of the self-admitted failure to monitor the 2000 OSCE Action Plan for Gender Issues.
Before 1 October 2005 the Secretary General will develop a plan of implementation to meet the aims of the Action Plan. Heads of institutions will develop separate implementation plans by this date.
Beginning in 2006, the Secretary General will present to the Permanent Council an annual evaluation report on gender issues within the OSCE.
Also starting in 2006, the Permanent Council will hold an annual discussion devoted to gender issues. The next revision of the 2004 Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality will occur at the behest of the Permanent Council.
For further information on implementation within OSCE, see the May 2006 ODIHR Contribution for the Annual Implementation Report on Gender Issues.
OSCE structures, in cooperation with participating States, will "address the gender dimension of proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW)," seeing as "SALW proliferation exacerbates violence against women."