Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Females

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 24th September 2020.

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that he Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy includes (a) women, peace and security and (b) women and girls’ rights in (i) conflict and (ii) peacebuilding as key priorities for his Department.

Photo of James Cleverly James Cleverly Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda is an important component of the UK's work to promote human rights and support sustainable peace processes. In 2020 we celebrate the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This Government will mark the anniversary by calling for renewed commitment by the international community to implement all of the WPS UN Security Council resolutions. Our priorities for the anniversary are to promote women's meaningful inclusion in peace processes and increase support and protection for women resolving conflict, countering violent extremism and building peace at the grassroots level. The cross-government National Action Plan on WPS 2018-2022 outlines our WPS strategy. We continue to prioritise preventive diplomacy and mediation through the UN and push for greater collaboration on peacebuilding amongst international organisations. The evidence is also clear that women's meaningful participation in conflict prevention through to conflict resolution is key to securing sustainable peace. We also continue to drive more concerted, coordinated and scaled-up global action across the international system to prevent gender-based violence in conflict settings.

The Integrated Review and the creation of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) are evidence of the Prime Minister's commitment to a unified British foreign policy that will maximise our influence around the world, ensuring the UK is a force for good in the world. When the Prime Minister launched the Integrated Review, he was clear that it will set out the way in which the UK will be a problem-solving and burden-sharing nation. Our aim continues to be for an ambitious and bold Integrated Review that is guided by the UK's foreign policy, national security and development objectives. Gender equality and women's rights will remain a core part of the Government's mission and it is at the heart of the new FCDO.

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