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Objectives:

1. Promote equal participation of women and men at all levels of peace and security processes, and support the participation of women in decision-making

  • Promote equal representation of women and men in the diplomatic corps, the military, and the police; 
  • Strengthen the participation of women, as the underrepresented sex, in decision-making and their access to leadership positions in the Army, the Grand Ducal Police, and at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs; 
  • Promote equal representation of women and men in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian action; 
  • Ensure greater participation of women, as the underrepresented sex, in military and civilian peacekeeping operations and election observation missions; 
  • Work to increase the number of women in multilateral organisations, at all levels of responsibility.

2. Strengthen peace and security in line with UNSC Resolution 1325; prevent sexual and gender-based violence

  • Work to end the scourge of sexual violence; 
  • Work to prevent sexual and gender-based violence;
  • Include gender as a cross-cutting issue in government policies, including in Luxembourg‘s activities abroad; 
  • Fight against gender stereotypes and promote human rights; 
  • Integrate awareness-raising about „Women and Peace and Security” issues into pre-deployment training for personnel deploying on humanitarian missions, on civilian and military peacekeeping missions; 
  • Better target aid toward countries in conflict and development; 
  • Protect sexual and reproductive health and rights; 
  • Fight against female genital mutilation; 
  • Raise public awareness on the issue of sexual violence, gender-based violence and domestic violence; 
  • Better understand the role of women in preventing and combating violent extremism; 
  • Commit to eliminating cluster munitions and anti-personnel mines and highlight their impact on women during their socio-economic activities in conflict and post-conflict situations (agriculture, water or firewood collection, etc.); 
  • Prevent human trafficking.

3. Expand training on gender-based violence for Luxembourg personnel; implement such training for local forces during peacekeeping operations; strengthen access to justice and to opportunities for recovery.

  • Take special measures to strengthen protection against gender-based violence, domestic violence, and trafficking, both at the national level and abroad; 
  • Facilitate access to justice and recovery in Luxembourg; 
  • Support alternative approaches to dispute resolution and forms of social justice; 
  • Strengthen access to justice and support transitional justice abroad.

4. Promote the “Women and Peace and Security” agenda at the national and international level

  • Support the strengthening of the international normative framework; 
  • Promote the “Women and peace and security” agenda; 
  • Promote civil society engagement in implementing the “Women and Peace and Security” agenda; 
  • Promote the “Women and Peace and Security” agenda to the general public.

Commentary:

Luxembourg’s NAP focusing on highlighting its role in international peace and security efforts, especially supporting gender-sensitive peace processes in Colombia and the Balkans. This NAP contains good language about increasing women’s participation and leadership in security forces, while recognizing Luxembourg’s relatively small scale and security forces and its need to participate in international frameworks. Further, the plan pulls out some unique and key points such as women’s participation in de-mining activities and election monitoring, as well as the frequently-mentioned  peacekeeping, justice, and humanitarian sectors. 

Civil Society:

The Plan contains well-written language on the need to engage with and promote civil society in implementing the WPS agenda. However, there was only limited consultation with civil society in the drafting process of the plan, so deeper cross-sectoral engagement will be necessary to bring civil society into government-led initiatives on WPS implementation both within Luxembourg and in its international efforts.

Peacekeeping Statistics:

Luxembourg does not currently contribute peacekeeping forces.

References:

https://www.wpsnaps.org/app/uploads/2019/09/Luembourg-NAP_English-2018-2023.pdf

https://www.wpsnaps.org/nap/luxembourg-national-action-plan/




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