Guinea-Bissau’s NAP was launched in 2010 for the period 2010-2011. The development of the NAP was led by Comite de Pilotagem Nactional (IMC). Civil society, women’s organizations, and international organizations helped in the development of Guinea Bissau’s NAP.
During the late 1990’s, Guinea-Bissau experienced a conflict that cost the lives of thousands of people, mostly women and children. During this conflict there were serious violations of the fundamental rights of women and international humanitarian law. Women were exposed to sexual abuse, physical and psychological assaults, looting carried out by the troops of the warring parties. These acts were never punished. In recent years, there has been fear of renewed instability, but efforts are underway by civil society, and in particular women’s organizations, to sustain peace in search of sustainable development.
From an academic analysis: Guinea-Bissau’s NAP shows a preoccupation with the lack of women’s participation in national peacekeeping efforts and conflict resolution situations. The Implementation Plan delineates measures to increase women’s representation in national decision-making organisms as well as international security and conflict resolution forums (Miller, Pournik, & Swaine, 2014).