Mexico’s First Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan: An Assessment

Authored by: Daniela Philipson García and Ana Velasco Ugalde

Categories: Human Rights, National Action Plans, The Field of Women, Peace and Security, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, COVID-19, Democratization and Political Participation, Human Development, Peacekeeping, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health, UN Resolutions
Country: Mexico
Region: North America
Year: 2021
Citation: Philipson García, Daniela and Ana Velasco Ugalde. "Mexico's First Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan: An Assessment." Women In International Security. June 2021.

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Executive Summary

In this policy brief, we analyze Mexico’s NAP and make three arguments. First, NAPs are not only relevant for a country’s foreign policy and international engagements but are also significant for a country’s domestic security. Unfortunately, Mexico’s NAP is almost exclusively outward focused and does little to address Mexico’s own security challenges and their impact on women, LGBTQ and nonbinary persons. Second, we argue that the NAP’s outward-facing objectives are limited to a Western format that overlooks local contexts. Third, the most effective NAPs are those that have active civil society engagement. We therefore advocate for a formal, institutionalized and expanded role for Mexican civil society organizations. We conclude with recommendations for the Mexican government and civil society organizations and sketch what a more innovative and inclusive NAP could look like.