Germany-2015 Commitments


Will continue to push for the political empowerment of women, and provide adequate capacity-building and incentives. continue to deploy female police and military experts, including specialized teams for the prevention and investigation of sexual and gender-based violence. During its OSCE chairmanship in 2016, it will appoint a Special Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-Office on Gender Issues.

Continue to extend support to civil society organizations dedicated to sheltering victims of sexual violence, a case-in-point being our long-standing support for such an organization in Afghanistan.

Working towards making it easier for women to pursue a career in our armed forces. To this end, a dedicated staff unit in Germany’s Ministry of Defense is tasked to develop concrete and practical measures towards reducing gender-specific imbalances.

Weaving the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda into its response to the high number of refugees arriving in Germany. It is investing in services that take into account the specific needs of refugee women and girls. Germany will continue to extend targeted support, through the provision of a nation-wide telephone helpline for instance, to those who have lived through the horrors of sexual violence.

Financial commitments

Contribute a million euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross for use in preventing sexual violence in armed conflicts and in assisting its victims

2016 Update:

Germany has appointed a Special Representative of the OSCE Chairpersonship-in-Office on Gender Issues.

The German representative gave no indication as to steps taken to implement commitments to push for the empowerment of women

The German representative gave no indication as to steps taken to correct gender imbalances in the security sector.

The German representative gave no indication as to steps taken to expand collaboration with civil society organisations dedicated to SGBV

The German representative gave no indication as to steps taken to address the needs of refugee women and girls.

2017 Update:

Germany has decided to back the African Union in developing a network of African women leaders that provides women leaders from across the continent with a platform for exchange with respect to their experiences. In 2017, Germany adopted its second-generation National Action Plan for the period 2017-2020. Germany created new consultation mechanisms for Germany’s engagement with civil society.

Germany provides gender-sensitive and gender-specific training to third countries, for instance in Accra.


Germany made a statement affirming support for the WPS Agenda, but no specific commitment made. 

2018 Update:


Germany will place the implementation of resolution 1325 (2000) at the heart of their work as a member of the Security Council during the period 2019-2020. Germany will work closely together with Peru as they take over as Co-Chair of the Informal Expert Group on Women, Peace and Security as well as build on Sweden’s preparatory work and raise the profile of the Group’s recommendations still further. Germany will continue to lend political and financial support to the African Women Leaders’ Network, as well as with regard to the establishment of national chapters as soon as possible, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Germany will give civil society a voice that is heard in the Security Council, including women human rights defenders.

Germany will continue to lend the full support to the important work of the United Nations to prevent and eliminate conflict-related sexual violence and will use the annual open debate on that issue during their presidency in April 2019 to strengthen the normative framework of the Security Council with respect to conflict-related sexual violence.


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