NATO's WPS Global Database


The adoption of United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000) (UNSCR 1325) provided the baseline for NATO's implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) mandate. In 2005 the UNSC in an additional effort to hold nations accountable to the core principles of WPS requested nations to develop their own vehicles for implementation: National Action Plans (NAPs).

NATO nations have launched, developed and expanded many of their own policies and strategies. NATO also developed its own Policy on implementing UNSCR 1325 in 2007, and has updated it several times since then – most recently in 2018. The NATO/EAPC Action Plan on WPS calls for the provision of support for Allies and Partners on the development and revision of National Action Plans (NAPs) by developing a database of best practices to facilitate the establishment of comprehensive and accessible information (Cooperative Security Outcome 1.1. Strengthened institutional framework). The Action Plan is considered a beneficial tool to track the effective implementation of the WPS mandate in NATO, by assessing the commitment from NATO Allies and identifying common areas of interest between nations and partners. To gain an overview on WPS commitments of nations, the NATO's WPS Global Database was introduced by the Secretary General’s Special Representative Office for Women, Peace and Security. The NATO WPS Global Database is designed as a collection of information on the overall commitments of NATO Allies to WPS. The development of the Database has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Iceland.

Sources of Information

The content of the NATO's WPS Global Database is composed of several main topics including general country info, national action plans, women’s participation, protection of women and prevention of violence against women. This content was obtained from official government websites, international organisations, and other public resources. There are also references to historical and recent information of nations’ legislation, training or strategies regarding UNSCR 1325, women’s empowerment and gender perspectives.

Selected content is supported by PDFs (e.g. English translation of Acts), images (e.g. operations from abroad) and videos (e.g. International Women’s day activities) that are publicly available.

How to Use the Database

Accordions: Each page provides a snapshot of available data on Women, Peace and Security and UNSCR 1325 to the user. The content is divided into seven areas. Each accordion contains nation-specific information. Within the accordions, interactivity is quite high. There are many clickable items. Within the text, attachments are referred to different colours. In this regard, black marker represents non-interactive content while blue marker represents attachment interactivities.

Quick Keys: Each page contains quick keys that provide guidance on how to navigate the content. These quick keys helps you to return to the home page or NATO’s nation page, do a quick research within the country page, and explore the NATO Glossary on WPS. The statistics quick key offers an interactive experience to discover facts and figures on WPS.

Now You’re Ready to Explore the Database!

* The data provided on this site are for informational purposes only. The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by NATO. The coloured overlays used to highlight countries are approximate markers.