National Action Plan Map

The adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in 2000 was a groundbreaking achievement for the inclusion of women in international affairs, and the recognition of their vital contributions to peace and security.

UNSCR 1325 does more than pay lip service to the importance of women’s full participation in creating durable peace and security – it is a mandate that calls countries to action. To ensure that countries follow through with their commitments, in 2005, the Security Council called on individual states to create National Action Plans (NAPs) detailing how they will fulfill the requirements of the mandate.

NAPs are strategies created by each country to implement UNSCR 1325 in their unique contexts. They are intended to be designed with significant civil society input, and civil society plays an important role in monitoring their implementation by government actors. The goal is to produce meaningful change in funding, programs, practices, and policy at the country-level. NAPs provide governments, multilateral organizations, and civil society groups with a context-specific framework to ensure the inclusion of women in peacebuilding and politics; and gendered protections for women and girls, and men and boys resulting from violent conflict.

How to Use the NAP Map

This interactive NAP Map reflects the status of state commitments to Resolution 1325, including:

  1. Mapping the states that have and have not adopted NAPs
  2. Shading to indicate revisions of those NAPs
  3. Country rankings from the Women, Peace, and Security Index and Global Peace Index
  4. Civil society and government organizations engaged in creating and implementing each country’s NAP (listed below)



  • NAP Adopted: Year(s) of first NAP
  • NAP Revised: Year(s) of all NAP revisions
  • Women in Parliament %: Percentage of women parliamentarians
  • Global Peace Index Ranking- measures the relative peacefulness of countries based on conflict, safety & security, and militarization
  • Women, Peace and Security Index Ranking- measures the rights of women in countries based on inclusion, justice, and security
  • Gender Inequality Index Ranking- measures gender inequality on the basis of reproductive health, empowerment, and economic status
  • Global Gender Gap Index Ranking- measures the progress of states towards gender parity across economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment
  • ♀: This state has Women, Peace and Security legislation

*Indices have been included to show the correlation between gender equality and peace and security.  Each index uses different data sets to examine the relationship between gender equality and state stability and security, which is why they were selected for this map.  See each indices’ description for more detail.  The Global Peace Index (GPI), gives us an image of the overall peacefulness of states, whereas the other indices more directly describe gender equality and the gendered elements of security in each state.  The Women, Peace and Security Index (WPSI) measures conditions for women as they related to inclusion, justice and security while the Gender Inequality Index (GII) and Global Gender Gap Index (GGGI) focus more on inequalities in the treatment of men and women.  The GII does this by measuring reproductive health, empowerment, and economic status, while the GGGI does this by measuring economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment.