Cover page of the Making of ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Women Peace and Security

Publication Date: June 21, 2023

Total Pages: 36

Organization: UN Women, ASEAN

Languages: English

Country/Region: Southeast Asia

Topic Area: Gender Mainstreaming, Gender equality and women’s empowerment, Peace and security, Conflict prevention, Relief and Recovery, Governance, National planning, Civil Society

Year: 2023

Resource Type: Reports


The adoption of the ASEAN Regional Plan of Action on Women, Peace and Security (RPA WPS) on 16 November 2022 at the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits marks a significant milestone and achievement for the ASEAN region. Those working on WPS are eager to get results and rightly so—not only are the lives of women and girls at stake, but the safety, security and resilience of whole communities. Yet the act of developing the RPA WPS was itself a significant accomplishment and it is worth taking a moment to understand how it came about and to capture the insights of those on the frontlines of its development.

This report tells the story of how individuals representing a range of different ASEAN regional sectoral bodies and entities, as well as governments and civil society, came together to develop the RPA WPS. The RPA WPS is designed to guide steps forward with respect to the four pillars of the WPS agenda—prevention, protection, participation and relief and recovery, and to be relevant even in light of the different priorities, strengths and challenges with respect to WPS across the region. The RPA WPS aims to contextualize the WPS Agenda in Southeast Asia and inspire the region to go beyond the status quo

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