Investing in women for peace and future generations: Timor-Leste adopts a national action plan on Security Council resolution 1325

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Timor-Leste has approved a national action plan for women, peace and security for 2016-2020, becoming the third country in Southeast Asia to adopt such a plan based on a UN Security Council resolution.

From left to right, Guilhermina Ribeiro Saldanha (Director General of Ministry of Interior); Longuinhos Monteiro (Minister of Interior), Veneranda Lemos (Secretary of State for Support and Socio-economic Promotion of Women), Janet Wong (UN Women/Country Representative) during validation of the NAP 1325 in November 2015. Photo: UN Women/Christina Yiannakis
From left to right, Guilhermina Ribeiro Saldanha (Director General of Ministry of Interior); Longuinhos Monteiro (Minister of Interior), Veneranda Lemos (Secretary of State for Support and Socio-economic Promotion of Women), Janet Wong (UN Women/Country Representative) during validation of the NAP 1325 in November 2015. Photo: UN Women/Christina Yiannakis

The plan was approved by the Council of Ministers on 26 April. It covers the four pillars of resolution 1325, adopted in the year 2000: women’s participation, prevention, protection, and peace-building. Philippines and Indonesia previously adopted such plans.

UN Women Timor-Leste provided technical assistance in producing the plan, the result of efforts led by the Ministry of Interior and other ministries, the Secretary of State for Support and Socio-Economic Promotion of Women, and civil society organizations.

Minister of Interior Longuinhos Monteiro told the Council of Ministers that the plan complements the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, “and we need to implement both to promote women’s participation and gender equality.”

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