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 ›

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 ›

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.

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 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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