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Coverphoto of the National Plan. Photo: Henrik Wallström.

A strong and modern defence demands diversity. That’s why it is crucial that women are also represented. Women shouldn’t be measured against men as they bring different competencies to the table – competencies which are equally important if we want to have a modern defence.

Danish Minister of Defence Trine Bramsen.

What is 1325 and the women, peace and security agenda?

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS). 1325 became known as a landmark resolution, as the Security Council for the first time recognized:

  • That women have the same rights as men to contribute to working for peace and security
  • That women and men have different interests and needs, also in crises and conflict situations
  • That women too have the right to affect the development of the their own societies; and
  • That meaningful inclusion of women in peace and security issues increases the probabilities of achieving sustainable peace


Since its adoption in 2000, resolution 1325 has been followed by nine other Security Council resolutions, which combined constitute the framework of the WPS agenda.


The new National Action Plan for women, peace and security agenda (2020-24)

In 2005, Denmark was the first country in the world to adopt a national action plan (NAP) on the implementation of resolution 1325. This year, the Danish Government launches the fourth NAP, which distinguishes itself from former NAPs by placing a strong emphasis on the WPS agenda as a security policy agenda. Therefore, the NAP firstly focuses on how Denmark as a security policy actor can strengthen its efforts for furthering the WPS agenda. Secondly, the NAP emphasizes the importance of women’s inclusion and meaningful participation in efforts for peace and security. Finally, the third main focus of the NAP is on increasing efforts to counter sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflicts as well as sexual harassment.


In other words; The fourth NAP will strengthen Denmark’s ambitions for working with the WPS agenda. The NAP reflects a political determination to further the agenda for gender equality and women’s rights and ensuring more lasting results from Danish efforts for peace and security. This will be achieved by a targeted, systematic and result-oriented effort to secure equal, comprehensive and meaningful inclusion of women in the efforts to prevent conflicts and build peace through a rights-based approach.


Working with WPS within the Danish Ministry of Defence

For the first time, the national action plan is accompanied by yearly implementation plans developed by each of the participating authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of Justice/National Policy). The implementation plans will spell out in more detail how each of involved authorities will work to contribute to the overall strategic objectives of the NAP. They will be evaluated and updated on a yearly basis.


During the past 20 years, Denmark has worked to implement resolution 1325 in many different ways, including within the Armed Forces. Today, more women choose the Armed Forces as a career path, and more Danish security efforts internationally have meaningful participation of women in peace and security efforts on their agenda.


However, both home and abroad we can and must do more. The 2021 implementation plan of the Ministry of Defence therefore sets out the overall political guidance on how to work towards the strategic objectives of the NAP.


Implementation in 2021

In 2021, the Ministry of Defence will make increased knowledge and understanding of the WPS agenda a priority, including at management level. Across the department and all agencies, gender perspectives will be included more systematically in the strategic efforts to counter security threats, including in operational deployments. We will work to increase recruitment, retention and deployment of female soldiers, and efforts to ensure a better understanding of issues related to sexual and gender-based violence will be strengthened. Finally, countering sexual harassment will continue to be prioritized.

Last updated December 10, 2020 - 15:03