National Action Plans

National Action Plans

Implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security in 2013

United States views on international law [1] in relation to Implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security: On September 23, 2013, Secretary Kerry announced a new initiative to address genderbased violence in global humanitarian emergencies. The media note making the announcement is excerpted below and available at (Secretary of State website) state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2013/09/214552.htm. The issues of women, peace, and security and sexual violence in conflict are also discussed in Chapter 6.B.2.

Some Aspects of Implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. Secretary Kerry emphasized that in the face of conflict and disaster, we should strive to protect women and girls from sexual assault and other violence.

Developments

Safe from the Start's initial commitment of $10 million will allow the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and other humanitarian agencies and organizations to hire specialized staff, launch new programs, and develop innovative methods to protect women and girls at the onset of emergencies around the world. The United States will also coordinate with other donors and stakeholders to develop a framework for action and accountability to ensure efforts to address gender-based violence are routinely prioritized as a life-saving intervention along with other vital humanitarian assistance.

Details

This initiative builds on the framework established by the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. It will be led by the State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.

Resources

Notes

  1. Implementation of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security in the Digest of United States Practice in International Law