Peace, security, and humanitarian action are shaped by women’s leadership and participation

H.E. The President of Uganda Launching National Action Plan on Women's Peace and Security.
H.E. The President of Uganda Launching National Action Plan on Women's Peace and Security. Photo: UN Women Uganda
UN Women’s Peace and Security Programme focuses on women as critical actors in peace building. Through the Women Peace and Security program, UN Women provides support to the government both at the national and local level to create an enabling environment for implementation of Women Peace and Security Commitments through development and implementation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325.

UN Women supports civil society organizations working on Women Peace and Security to empower women to participate in and inform decision-making processes and responses related to conflict prevention; increase representation and leadership of women in formal and informal peace processes and negotiations; and promote participation in socio-economic recovery in post conflict situations.

Under humanitarian action, UN Women works with key stakeholders in government, civil society, UN agencies and women led organizations to ensure that Uganda’s humanitarian response planning frameworks and programming are informed by gender assessment and analyses.

Through the Leadership, Empowerment Access and Protection (LEAP) flagship program, UN Women is contributing to reducing the burden on South Sudanese refugee women and girls by supporting women’s participation in leadership and decision-making in community structures; promoting positive coping mechanisms and immediate income generating opportunities for refugee and host women and bridging the humanitarian/development divide by promoting sustainable livelihoods for marginalized refugee women.

UN Women also supports access to protection services for women and girls through provision of legal aid and psychosocial support services to survivors of SGBV.