REGIONAL GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WPSA IN THE SOUTH MEDITERRANEAN
The Women, Peace, and Security (WPSA) recognises the continuum of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and draws attention to the gender dimension in all responses to threats to peace and security. It defines how security and peace shall be sustained, calls for conflicts to be resolved by political means, integrating gender equality perspectives in all areas – in participation, prevention, protection, and legislation.
The Regional Guideline for the implementation of WPSA in the South Mediterranean was produced by the Regional Civil Society Observatory on VAWG (RCSO) to be as a firm step in the direction of achieving inclusive peace and social safety in the region. Building regional agreements, platforms, and bases for cooperation and policymaking play a critical role in the formulation of normative frameworks that strengthen accountable national institutions and provide conditions conducive to inclusive and sustainable development. The Guidelines are meant also to allow for a better understanding and cooperation between States and to commit to the on-going work on developing a comprehensive approach to combating VAWG, thus ensuring women´s peace and safety. They can be also used as a tool for advocacy for the implementation of the WPSA at the national level and the regional level.