Recommendations to advance the Women, Peace & Security agenda in Guatemala and Central America emerged

The Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV) and the Instituto de Enseñanza Para el Desarrollo Sostenible (IEPADES), a member of GAAV’s Gender and Armed Violence Working Group, joined together to host a regional workshop on 24-25 April, in Guatemala City on ‘Implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and Preventing and Reducing Armed Violence’. From this meeting Recommendations to Advance the Women, Peace & Security Agenda in Guatemala and Central America emerged.
During the workshop participants explored ways to integrate provisions from complementary instruments to the WPS agenda including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), as well as its General Recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations, and gender provisions within the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2117 on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs).
While national level discussions focused on ways to shape Guatemala’s draft national action plan (NAP) on the WPS agenda, regional level recommendations outlined an agenda for broader coordination and integration of the WPS agenda via the Central American Integration System (SICA). Recommendations are available in English and Spanish.
About the workshop
Forty participants took part in the GAAV-IEPADES regional workshop including: civil society groups from the Central America representing El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, as well as stakeholders from South America; national CSOs from Guatemala; an expert member of the GAAV Gender and Armed Violence Working Group from the Philippines; international community representatives from the UN system and Switzerland’s Embassy to Guatemala; and national government stakeholders including representatives from Guatemala’s Ministries for Security, Justice and Foreign Affairs, the National Civil Police, the Attorney General’s office, the Institute for Penal Public Defence and the Presidential Secretariat of Women. At the regional level, representatives from the Parliament of Central America were also present.
The workshop objectives were to:
  • Share experiences from Central America and other regions on ways to tackle gender-based armed violence challenges;
  • Explore ways NAPs on UNSCR 1325 can address the continuum of violence against women from conflict to post-conflict periods;
  • Explore ways to integrate AVRP provisions within NAPs on the Women, Peace & Security agenda, including small arms control, with a focus on Guatemala’s draft NAP;
  • Discuss ways to implement the Women, Peace & Security agenda at regional levels in Central America, linking to existing security frameworks; and
  • Build knowledge of regional civil society organisations on technical and practical aspects of developing NAPs on UNSCR 1325, and strengthen networks for continued knowledge sharing.


The meeting was made possible by support from Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) to the Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV). The partners also wish to acknowledge generous contributions to the workshop from UN Women and Impunity Watch.