UK National Action Plan: GAPS Six Month Check-In

In January 2018 GAPS welcomed the UK Government’s latest, fourth National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. Exactly six months on, GAPS is launching the GAPS NAP Six Month Check-In, our response to the 2018-2022 NAP. The response outlines GAPS’s reflections both Read More

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Prioritise Peace: challenging approaches to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism from a Women, Peace and Security perspective

There has been a shift in recent years where Women, Peace and Security is increasingly discussed in the context of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE). This new GAPS paper assesses the impacts of this,  and makes recommendations to avoid Read More

Displacement and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Voices of Displaced Women in the KRI

Women for Women International UK, the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and GAPS have released a new report: Displacement and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Voices of Displaced Women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. This report examines, and makes concrete Read More

International Women’s Day 2018: Women building peace

For International Women’s Day 2018, GAPS is celebrating diaspora women building peace through projects in the UK and across the world. Their work, from local initiatives to high-level peace processes, is at the forefront of change as they bring their Read More

APPG on Women, Peace and Security hosts the UK Government’s annual report to Parliament in 2017

On Tuesday 19 December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS) and GAPS co-hosted the Government’s 2017 annual report to Parliament for 2017.  The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for International Read More

UK launches new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Implementation of the new UK NAP must support the work of women building peace Today the UK Government has released its fourth National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (UK NAP) which sets the direction for the UK’s work Read More

Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2017

In this new report GAPS assesses the 2017 Annual Report to Parliament by the UK Government, analyses progress in the UK’s Women, Peace and Security work over the past year and makes recommendations for building on this progress including for the new Read More

APPG on Women, Peace and Security: in conversation with Ambassador Melanne Verveer

On Tuesday 31 October, Ambassador Melanne Verveer joined the APPG on Women, Peace and Security and GAPS for a discussion on her work on Women, Peace and Security, and her hopes for creating meaningful change for women’s rights. Baroness Hodgson, Read More

APPG on Women, Peace and Security: Families For Freedom event

On Wednesday 11 October, the APPG Friends of Syria and APPG on Women, Peace and Security hosted an event with Families For Freedom – a women-led campaign for the rights of all detainees in Syria. They call for the issue Read More

Somali Women’s Voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. This video presents a summary of the findings from Read More

Syrian Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. GAPS members Amnesty International UK and Women’s International Read More

Afghan Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. This report presents a summary of the findings Read More

Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: Summary Report

In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and activists on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. The aim is to bring these women’s voices directly to the Read More

GAPS Submission: Informing the new UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

This submission provides GAPS’ views on the current 2014-2017 NAP, and uses analysis and lessons learned to recommend strategic objectives for inclusion in the 2018-2021 NAP. It builds on previous GAPS documents which include analysis of and recommendations for the UK’s Read More

Experts’ Meeting: Sexual Violence in Conflict and the UK’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda – Chairs’ Summary

One year after the conclusions of the UN’s High Level Review on Women, Peace and Security, we, along with the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Women for Women International (UK) held a series of roundtables on Sexual Violence Read More

Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2016

In this new report GAPS welcomes the 2016 annual report to Parliament by the UK Government, analyses the UK’s Women, Peace and Security work over the past year and makes recommendations for the upcoming new UK National Action Plan (NAP).

Three years too many: the impact of conflict for women and girls in South Sudan

As the civil war in South Sudan enters into its fourth year, the levels of displacement, insecurity and violence are reaching unprecedented levels. The majority of the displaced are women and girls, who continue to bear the brunt of thed Read More

Putting Women at the Heart of Bringing Peace to South Sudan

Shaheen Chughtai reports back from a recent conversation at the UN Once in a while, the shroud of coded, diplomatic language that envelops discussions at the United Nations Security Council is ripped away by reality. On 25th October, it was Read More

GAPS has a New Home

GAPS is delighted to join our new host and long term member Women for Women International UK and their fantastic team.  Together we hope to build on our strong foundation to make strides on the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Please Read More

Next Steps for the New, Forward Looking NAP 2018+

GAPS has developed feedback on the UK’s midline evaluation of its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP).  This will feed into the UK’s development of it’s upcoming NAP: NAP 2018+. For the full document please click here.

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New GAPS report: Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2015

New GAPS report: Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2015 Following the publication in December of the UK government’s annual Report to Parliament on its progress against the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Read More

GAPS Newsletter: July 2018

Events FiLiA Feminist Conference 2018 20-21 October 2018 Salford, Greater Manchester The FiLiA 2018 conference brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism. What’s feminism got Read More

Women building peace: Marwa Baabbad

For International Women’s Day 2018, GAPS is celebrating diaspora women building peace through projects in the UK and across the world. Their work, from local initiatives to high-level peace processes, is at the forefront of change as they bring their voices, Read More

Women building peace: Camila Marín Restrepo

For International Women’s Day 2018, GAPS is celebrating diaspora women building peace through projects in the UK and across the world. Their work, from local initiatives to high-level peace processes, is at the forefront of change as they bring their Read More

Women building peace: Amparo Restrepo

For International Women’s Day 2018, GAPS is celebrating diaspora women building peace through projects in the UK and across the world. Their work, from local initiatives to high-level peace processes, is at the forefront of change as they bring their Read More

Women building peace: Quhramaana Kakar

For International Women’s Day 2018, GAPS is celebrating diaspora women building peace through projects in the UK and across the world. Their work, from local initiatives to high-level peace processes, is at the forefront of change as they bring their Read More

Women building peace: Amna Abdul

For International Women’s Day 2018, GAPS is celebrating diaspora women building peace through projects in the UK and across the world. Their work, from local initiatives to high-level peace processes, is at the forefront of change as they bring their Read More

GAPS Position Paper: Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016

As the UK prepares to co-host the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference 2016, GAPS is calling on the Government to ensure that the rights and needs of women and girls are prioritised in line Women, Peace and Security commitments Read More

PRESS RELEASE 14th October 2015: New UK pledges on women in conflicts get cautious welcome from Campaigners who call for better results

UN event calls for doubling of women in peacekeeping operations over next five years Charities and women’s rights campaigners have given a cautious welcome to a raft of pledges by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and other governments to Read More

Reviewing Fifteen Years of Action on Women, Peace and Security: Time for New Commitments to Accelerate Progress

Caroline Green, Interim Director of GAPS Tomorrow, the UN will mark the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, as part of a special High-Level Review. Civil society across the world are calling on Member States to demonstrate greater Read More

Meeting of APPG-WPS with the Free Yezidi Foundation

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS), for which GAPS provides the secretariat, recently hosted the Free Yezidi Foundation at a meeting attended by Parliamentarians, NGOs and academics. Read a report of the meeting here.

New GAPS position paper on the High Level Review of UNSCR 1325

Ahead of the High Level Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 taking place in October, GAPS has produced a position paper calling on the UK Government to deliver specific commitments in three priority areas: 1. Support the inclusive and Read More

World Humanitarian Day: joint statement with southern women’s organisations

On 19th August, World Humanitarian Day, GAPS is joining with women’s organisations in the global south to call for governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector and others to agree to a World Humanitarian Summit pledge to empower women affected Read More

GAPS Joint Position Paper on the World Humanitarian Summit

The World Humanitarian Summit, set to take place in Istanbul in May 2016, aims at major structural reforms to better protect and assist people affected by crisis. GAPS has published a joint position paper with the Gender and Development Network Read More

Parliamentarians debate tackling sexual violence in conflict

At a recent meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS), for which GAPS  hosts the secretariat, 40 representatives from Parliament, Whitehall and civil society participated in a discussion on tackling sexual violence in Iraq and Syria. Read More

2015 Report – Turning Promises Into Progress

The Beijing Conference on Women marked an important moment in the struggle for gender equality and the rights of women and girls but, twenty years on, what’s changed? For a start, gender is now firmly on the agenda at least Read More

Solidarity with the Afghan Women’s Network

We stand in solidarity with the Afghan Women’s Network who are protesting today for better representation of women in the cabinet of the newly formed government of Afghanistan. Read more about why they are protesting in their press release here.

Campaigning for peace with women’s participation in South Sudan

In South Sudan, women, their partners and communities are raising their voices to challenge gender-based violence and end the conflict. With the formal peace process largely closed to women and civil society activists, other ways are being found to make Read More

Photo gallery: Miller Harris fundraiser

Leading perfumery Miller Harris kindly hosted a wonderful fundraising evening for us at their Mayfair branch on November 27th. Please see below some of the photos from this fantastic event (click one of the images to open the gallery):

The road to peace and gender equality is not smooth

The road to peace and gender equality is not smooth. Chair of the GAPS Management Committee and Head of Policy at Womankind Worldwide, Lee Webster, wrote this blog to mark the 14th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325, where she says the Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Miriam Coronel Ferrer

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO. 9 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Rigoberta Menchú Tum

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO. 8 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Rosa Parks

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO. 7 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Wangari Maathai

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO.6 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments to Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Shirin Ebadi

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO. 5 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO. 3 AND NO. 4 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Aung San Suu Kyi

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO.2 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments to Read More

Celebrating nine women campaigners for peace – Leymah Gbowee

CELEBRATING NINE WOMEN CAMPAIGNERS FOR PEACE – NO.1 To celebrate International Peace Day 2014, we are celebrating nine women campaigners for peace from around the world. These women have been recognised by Noble Peace Prizes, National awards and appointments to Read More

At the Nato summit – where are the women?

The NATO Summit in Wales starts tomorrow against a background of instability in many parts of the world. Conflicts in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and Libya will be on the Summit agenda as will the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan. Read More

Women’s rights: A teacher’s story

News from our partners at Amnesty International UK: Jo Dibb is the headmistress at a London school. But whose words is she speaking? Find out at http://amn.st/teacherstory

Women’s rights: A doctor’s story

News from our partners at Amnesty International UK: Dr Caroline Wright is a gynaecologist in Surrey, England. But whose words is she speaking? Find out at http://amn.st/doctorstory

VIDEO: WILLIAM HAGUE ON THE ARAB SPRING AND WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

News from our partners at CARE International: William Hague reveals that, despite the events of the Arab Spring, the outlook for women and women’s rights remains very uncertain in some countries in the Middle East, as outlined in CARE International’s Read More

Why I’m optimistic about the future for women in Afghanistan

A couple of months ago I went back to my native Afghanistan after a year living in Britain. From the sedate surroundings of York University I’ve found myself back in bustling Kabul – back to the traffic jams, the construction Read More

Syria: Solidarity vigil

No women, no peace. would like to inform you of a vigil that will be taking place next week. A message from the organisers: ‘Vigil for Syria Tuesday 3rd of September Blackfriars bridge to Westminster Join us in support for Read More

Warsi: The petition hand-in

After 4 months of campaigning, and 19,428 signatures later, No women, no peace. and Amnesty UK handed in your petition calling for strong UK action to tackle violence against women to Baroness Warsi at the end of last month. We Read More

INTERVIEW WITH NOORJAHAN AKBAR VIA GLOBAL VOICES

Noorjahan Akbar, 22, is an Afghan women’s rights activist and a prolific blogger. Although she is now studying in the United States, Noorjahan writes about the issues confronting women in Afghanistan for online magazines and blogs. Global Voices Online has Read More

SAFERWORLD RESPONSE TO UNSCR 2106 – PREVENTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

We will be posting the responses of GAPS partners to the new United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106 on preventing sexual violence in conflict. Here is the response from Saferworld: The UN’s new resolution on sexual violence in conflict must Read More

WOMANKIND RESPONSE TO UNSCR 2106 – PREVENTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

Throughout the week, we will be posting the responses of GAPS partners to the new United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106 on preventing sexual violence in conflict. Here is the response from Womankind Worldwide: Time to act on sexual violence, Read More

CARE INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE TO UNSCR 2106 – PREVENTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT

Throughout the week, we will be posting the responses of GAPS partners to the new United Nations Security Council Resolution 2106 on preventing sexual violence in conflict. Here is the response from CARE International: Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive of CARE Read More

EVAW LAW STALLED IN AFGHAN PARLIAMENT

Blog originally published by the Afghanistan Analysts Network here. Damage Avoided, for Now? posted: 18-05-2013 / by: Christine Roehrs and Ehsan Qaane It took only 20 minutes on Saturday morning for the parliamentary debate on the Elimination of Violence against Read More

END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN AFGHANISTAN: PETITION

After months of campaigning by the No women, no peace. and our member organisations and activists on women’s rights in Afghanistan, Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for International Development, committed to making tackling violence against women and girls a Read More

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