Will include measures in areas such as fostering the participation of women in peace missions, further enhancing the relationship between troops and civilians, particularly women and girls in peace operations, and providing humanitarian assistance and technical cooperation to post-conflict countries concerning gender issues. The initiative will complement the provisions of the national policy plan on women, which already embraces the recommendations set out in resolution 1325 (2000), including strict legislation against sexual and gender-based violence.
Brazil reported that the state is finalising the NAP promised last year.
In March 2017, Brazil adopted the National Action Plan.
The Brazilian army has admitted women to its military schools, the skills development programme on Women, Peace and Security has been integrated in the establishment of the Sergio Vieira de Mello Peacekeeping Operations Joint Center and that programme has been incorporated into the curriculum of the School of Diplomacy.
Brazil is striving to increase the number of female candidates for posts in Brazilian civilian and military peacekeeping operations and special political missions.
In 2017, the first women joined the army’s combat roles for the first time. They will now be able to reach the highest posts in the army’s hierarchy as they progress in their careers. As of May, political parties must allot at least 30 per cent of radio and television time, as well as of their dedicated campaign financing fund, to female candidates. Following the most recent federal elections, earlier this month, women’s participation rose from 10 to 15 per cent of elected representatives in the lower house of Congress, which is still very low. One of the new representatives is Joênia Wapixana, the first indigenous woman elected to the National Congress. She was also announced as one of the three winners of the 2018 United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights.
The Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Centre has incorporated a gender perspective based on the national action plan into the preparation of military and police personnel, as well as civilians, for peacekeeping operations.
Brazil launched its first two-year national action plan on women and peace and security and are now in the process of reviewing the implementation of the plan.
Brazil will take into consideration the very concrete goals set last year by the SecretaryGeneral to increase the ratio of women military to 15 per cent and women police officers to 20 per cent of the total personnel in all peacekeeping operations.