All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security
Registered in 2006, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS) is a forum for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to Women, Peace and Security. It brings together parliamentarians, policy makers and civil society. Focused on the UK’s implementation of Women, Peace and Security commitments, including UN Security Council Resolution 1325, the APPG promotes the vital role women play in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and post conflict reconstruction around the world and highlights the impact conflict has on women across the world.
The APPG secretariat is hosted by Gender Action for Peace and Security.
Officers and Members
The APPG is chaired by Helen Whately MP, and Baroness Fiona Hodgson CBE.
Activities and Meetings
In partnership, the APPG is a resource to actively:
– Raise the profile of Women, Peace and Security issues across Westminster and Whitehall;
– Build strong and vibrant networks to improve coalition working amongst our members and partners;
– Share information and best practice;
– Strengthen the UK Government’s approach to Women, Peace and Security and build the understanding of parliamentarians and civil society to effectively advise and scrutinise the work of relevant departments;
The APPG also hosts the UK Government’s annual Report to Parliament on Women, Peace and Security, which is a crucial tool for holding the government to account on its Women, Peace and Security work. The annual Report to Parliament is an opportunity for parliamentarians and civil society to monitor, assess and question the UK’s approach to Women, Peace and Security. The APPG, with support from GAPS, produces a briefing for the meeting, which is an invaluable resource for parliamentary and civil society attendees.
Recent successes include hosting meetings for human rights activists and foreign government officials committed to delivering the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative agenda, supporting the MOD to mainstream WPS into its doctrine, and giving a platform for Afghan civil society to speak directly to policy makers during the Afghanistan London Conference. The APPG has held meetings on thematic and country-specific Women, Peace and Security issues including on Somalia, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq and Northern Ireland.