On 11 December, Human Security Collective, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and WO=MEN co-hosted an informal networking lunch for NAP 1325 signatories. During the event, NAP 1325 signatories had the opportunity to get to know the work of Human Security Collective, and reflect on the past four months with a debrief on major events on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) as well as Feminist Foreign Policy. Most importantly, there was time to come together in an informal setting and network with fellow NAP 1325 signatories.
Human Security Collective, Oversight Board member of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP 1325), explained about their efforts to improve financial access for nonprofit organisations. Many of these nonprofit organisations around the world are viewed by banks as high-risk for terrorism financing or money laundering. They are either held to extensive due-diligence requirements, are unable to open bank accounts or face the arbitrary closure of bank accounts. Therefore, Human Security Collective works with others on solutions for these de-risking activities by financial institutions.
Moreover, NAP 1325 signatories were debriefed about multiple events that took place in 2023. In October, the annual UN Security Council Open Debate on WPS took place in New York. Here, the Permanent Representative of the Netherlands, Yoka Brandt, emphasised in her speech a.o. the need for supporting women's political participation and financial support for local and women-led organisations. In November, the WPS Focal Points Network Conference took place in Romania, with a focus on the role of women in the security sector. Attention was also paid to the unique collaboration between government and civil society in the development, implementation and accountability of the Dutch fourth NAP 1325.
On the topic of Feminist Foreign Policy (FFP), NAP 1325 signatories were debriefed on the FFP Event during the UN General Assembly in New York in September, which was co-hosted by the Netherlands. The event resulted in the Political Declaration on Feminist Approaches to Foreign Policy, with which the 19 attending countries reaffirmed their commitment to take intersectional feminist approaches to their foreign policies. Moreover, in November, the Shaping FFP Conference took place in The Hague. During this conference attended by over 750 participants, panel discussions and speeches paid attention to the need for universal women's rights, representation of women in political processes, the need for sufficient, flexible and long-term resources and the importance of a reality check of local context when implementing policies. The aftermovie of the SFFP Conference can be seen here.