By Alexandra Rojas
In March 2017, the Government of Brazil launched its first National Action Plan (NAP) on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) for a period of two years (2017-2019). With participation of Instituto Igarapé, the NAP was developed to expand and improve Brazil’s contribution to tackle gender-based violence, expand awareness of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Brazilian society and increase the effective participation of Brazilian women in international peace and security.
Taking action at the national level is an important step for Brazil. However, some common pitfalls unfortunately are evident in the action plan. In particular: there are no indicators as to how the NAP’s objectives will be achieved; there is no allocated budget for the implementation; and the link between gender and disarmament is missing. In addition, it is concerning that the Brazilian NAP focuses primarily on adding women to the defense sector, rather than addressing intransigent obstacles to women’s participation and rights. Holistic implementation at the national level will require addressing these gaps and ensuring sufficient political leadership, financial support, and engagement with civil society as partners for holistic agenda implementation.
Find WILPF analysis of Brazil’s UNSCR1325 National Action Plan here.