National Action Plan - United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) has been both directly and indirectly involved in several international conflicts over the last century. Most recently, the UK has been involved in international operations against Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sierra Leone. While women in the UK receive equal treatment under the law, they remain underrepresented in top positions in politics and business. The UK is ranked 21 out of 153 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index (GGI) of 2020. The UK ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1986. Women enjoy the same legal status and rights as men under family law, labor law, property law, and inheritance law. Women in the UK also have a long history of active advocacy regarding Women, Peace and Security issues such as disarmament, peacebuilding and conflict prevention. Women in the UK face challenges including the lack of women in key leadership positions and in decision making.
The United Kingdom launched its fourth National Action Plan(NAP) in January 2018 for a period of five years (2018-2022). WILPF’s section in the UK, a member of the Gender Action for Peace and Security Network (GAPS), along with other civil society organisations, participated in the creation of the NAP.
- 2019 The UK’s Implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – CEDAW
- 2019 The Impact of the UK’s Arms Transfers and Military Spending on Women’s Rights – CEDAW
- 2017 Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2017
- 2017 Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security: Lessons Learned from 2010-2016
- 2017 Syria Response Consultations on the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
- 2016 Explosive Weapons and the Right to Health, Education and Adequate Housing: Extraterritorial Obligations of France, Sweden and the UK under CESCR