National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security

National Action Plans (NAPs) on Women, Peace and Security

The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR - Coventry University) and the Institute of British - Irish Studies (IBIS- University College Dublin), supported by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO)'s Science for Peace and Security Programme, will convene a two–day expert Advanced Research Workshop entitled ‘National Action Plans (NAPs) on Women, Peace and Security’ at the National University of Ireland in Dublin, on 11 and 12 May 2016.

Using a multidisciplinary approach, the workshop will bring together a number of distinguished academics, policymakers, diplomats, non-governmental and intergovernmental organisations, specialised agencies, and activists to critically discuss the role of national action plans in the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security by NATO members and partners countries. The workshop will also reflect on the contributions of NAPs to enhancing cooperative security and increasing local ownership in peace processes. In particular, the workshop will pay attention to the role of international cooperation on action plans and explore  models of partnering, cross-learning and twinning as strategies to develop and revise national action plans. The workshop will also discuss the role played by civil society in the development of NAPs and in monitoring the implementation of NAPs.

The workshop aims to create an opportunity for cross-national and cross-institutional learning on best practices and successful strategies in the development and implementation of national action plans on women, peace and security and to create mutually-supportive avenues for cooperation and partnership among NATO’s members, partners and other stakeholders in this area.


The workshop is co-directed by Dr Sahla Aroussi from the Centre of Trust, Peace and Social Relations and Dr Melanie Hoewer from the Institute of British - Irish Studies. The workshop co-directors are experts on gender and conflict and authors of several publications on this issue including the book Aroussi (2015) Women, Peace and Security, Repositioning gender in peace agreements and Hoewer (2014) Crossing Boundaries during Peace and Conflict Transforming identity in Chiapas and in Northern Ireland.