Iraq National Action Plan (INAP)

UN Women programmatic and normative work in the Women Peace and Security (WPS) sector has had a significant impact on the level of awareness on the role of women in peacebuilding at the national and community level in Iraq. UN Women led and facilitated the development of the second Iraq National Action Plan (INAP) on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and included three main strategic pillars: Participation, Protection and Prevention.

The INAP was developed in a highly participatory manner through consultations with more than 60 women-led organizations across the country, Council of Ministers Secretariat (COMSEC), representatives from both the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and the Federal Government, and Sectoral Committees operating across 33 Ministries and governmental institutions. UN Women has been supporting the development of UNSCR 1325 national action plans in Iraq since 2014, along with other UN sister agencies and the international community. The development of the second INAP (2019-2023) was primarily led by the National Team for UNSCR 1325 (Cross-sector Task Force for 1325) and its Secretariat, chaired by the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, which hosts 25 ministries, authorities and institutions in the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government. Meetings held by the National Team were attended by officials from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Planning, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Social Affairs and Ministry of Migration and Displaced persons, representatives of civil society organizations, the National Security Agency, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation Committee.

In 2019, UN Women supported the National Team in drafting the second INAP by organizing workshops, field visits and validation meetings to support them in building the logical and narrative framework, organizational effectiveness and efficiency framework (OEEF), and in enhancing the monitoring and evaluation components of the INAP.   

In 2020, with the technical, operational and financial support of UN Women, the COMSEC adopted the second Iraqi National Action Plan (INAP) for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in 2020. The second INAP was officially launched in December 2020 under the patronage of the Prime Minister Mr. Mustafa Kathimi. The launching ceremony was organized by the Directorate for Women’s Empowerment of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and was supported by UN Women. UN Women will continue to provide support to the parties concerned with implementing the national plan and aim to integrate a gender-based approach towards women’s participation in prevention and projection processes during conflicts, as well as in peacebuilding and maintaining stability and sustainable security.