Policy Brief - Morocco and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda:
20 March 2023
The African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) responded to the call and launched respectively the Implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa report12, and the ECOWAS Plan of Action for the Implementation of UNSCRs 1325 and 1820 in West Africa13, and most recently, the Guidelines on Women, Peace, and Security14. [...] However, despite the dynamism of African countries in further pushing the WPS agenda, it is important to highlight that, according to the AUC, the impact of the agenda on the lives of women is unclear because of the lack of monitoring on the progress, achievements, and weaknesses in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions. [...] Morocco’s commitment to increase the number of women in the FAR is part of the gradual feminization of the army, in line with the principle that the defense of the territory is the responsibility of both women and men. [...] Participation: the role of women in the implementation of the UNSCR 1325 is critical, as evidenced by the role of mediation and, in particular, of women mediators in the resolution and prevention of conflicts, as well as the maintenance of peace, security, and social cohesion. [...] Accountability and transparency: good governance and the coordination of the various departments, the monitoring and evaluation of these policies, and accountability, are the Policy Brief - N° 14/23 - March 2023 13 conditions for the achievement of the objectives of the NAP, and for sustainable peace and security.