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GAPS’ policy work is integral to our advocacy.

In partnership with members and other organisations, we regularly produce policy and campaign documents that reflect on our work with the UK government and broader Women, Peace and Security policy.

These include policy briefings, reports and recommendations. These documents can be found below.

Documents

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Prioritise Peace: Challenging approaches to Preventing & 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 impact of this,  and makes recommendations to avoid women and girls being used as tools in P/CVE as well as the need to prioritise peace.

The paper demonstrates that current approaches to P/CVE do not take seriously the protection of women and girls’ rights, and are inconsistent with peacebuilding processes that promote social empowerment and reform to address the root causes of all forms of violent conflict. It makes recommendations for ways to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls, and to address underlying cause of conflict in a way that promotes gender equality.

 

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 recommendations for, women’s economic wellbeing and empowerment in the context of conflict-related displacement, focusing on livelihood needs and opportunities. It provides insights into how displacement has affected the position of women in the economic life of the family and community, and captures specific and contextualised aspects of women’s opportunities and barriers to empowerment from their perspective. The key contribution of this report is that it reflects the voices of displaced women in the KRI. Hear directly from women in the KRI in these videos: Alia; Shireen; Raja.

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Assessing UK Government Action in 2017: GAPS Women, Peace and Security Shadow Report

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 UK National Action Plan (NAP). In this report, GAPS looks at the UK’s work at the UN Security Council, its efforts to support women’s participation in international events, its role in the conflict in Yemen, and other key developments from this year. As the final shadow report for the 2014-2017 UK NAP on Women, Peace and Security, it also provides an overview of the UK Government’s reporting during the course of this NAP.

This report builds on and complements GAPS’ written submission Informing the new UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the summary report Women’s Voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, and previous shadow reports for 2015 and 2016.

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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 League for Peace and Freedom supplemented funds from the UK Government to run the Syria Response consultations in Turkey and Lebanon, alongside Women Now for Development. This report reflects analysis by women’s rights activists of the barriers and challenges around WPS, as well as recommendations that will inform the development process of the next UK National Action Plan on WPS.

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 from the consultation in Afghanistan which took place in February 2017. The consultations were led by Women for Women International UK and Medica Afghanistan. The recommendations in this report are direct outcomes from the consultation, proposed by participants.

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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 women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. The aim is to bring these women’s voices directly to the decision-makers, to ensure that the next, fourth UK NAP on WPS (2018+) is firmly grounded in the realities that women face. The consultations were conducted in 2017, in four of the UK’s WPS focus countries/contexts: Myanmar, Somalia, Afghanistan, and in Turkey and Lebanon for the Syria Response. This summary report highlights the key findings from the consultations, setting out the many common priorities that women working for peace and security face in such challenging circumstances.

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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+ NAP. It builds on previous GAPS documents which include analysis of and recommendations for the UK’s work on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). These findings are intended to complement the findings of our FCO-GAPS country consultations.

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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 in Conflict and the UK’s Women, Peace and Security work. This Chairs’ Summary outlines the Experts’ recommendations.

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Assessing UK Government Action in 2016: GAPS Women, Peace and Security Shadow Report

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).

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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 armed conflict. More is needed from the international community to achieve safety, protection, empowerment and long-lasting peace for women and girls in South Sudan. In line with its commitments to WPS, we urge the UK government to immediately undertake the recommendations outlined in this paper.

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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+.

Supporting Syria and the Region 2016 Conference – GAPS & GADN Joint Position Paper

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

In this report, GAPS welcomes the 2015 report to Parliament by the UK Government, and reviews key announcements and tangible progress made in 2015. We focus on the implementation of the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2014-2017 and its associated Implementation Plan.

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GAPS Submission to the Lords Select Committee on Sexual Violence in Conflict

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GAPS Position Paper on the High Level Review

 

 

 

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World Humanitarian Summit – GAPS joint position paper with GADN and InterAction

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GAPS-BAAG Policy Paper: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

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Turning Promises Into Progress – Gender equality and rights for women and girls. Section 1, Part 2: Women, Peace and Security

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Syria Conflict Fourth Anniversary – GAPS Position Paper to UK government

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Turning Promises Into Progress – Gender equality and rights for women and girls – lessons learnt and actions needed (summary briefing)

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Turning Promises Into Progress – Gender equality and rights for women and girls – lessons learnt and actions needed (full report)

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Supporting Women’s Rights and Peace in Afghanistan (case study)

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Afghan Women’s Network Political Participation Protest Press Release

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Northern Ireland Inquiry since the Peace Agreement – Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform Summary Report

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GAPS-BAAG (British and Irish Agencies Afghanistan Group) Women’s Rights Paper for the London Development Conference

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GAPS Organisational Strategy 2014-2017

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UK NAP Workshop in Somaliland, hosted by GAPS and CARE International

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GAPS Final Response to the 2014-17 UK National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325

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UK NAP Workshop in Myanmar, hosted by GAPS, Oxfam and WON

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GAPS briefing on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

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GAPS Position Paper on NATO Summit – Afghanistan Recommendations

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GAPS Gender, Peace and Security Workshop and Parliamentary Event Report

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UK NAP Workshop in Afghanistan, hosted by GAPS, WfWI and AWN

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Associate Parliamentary Group Briefing on the UK government National Action Plan Development

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UK National Action Plan Workshop 3 – Bilateral Section

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Associate Parliamentary Group Briefing on the 2013 UK National Action Plan Report to Parliament

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GAPS UK Thematic Briefing Paper on Resourcing National Action Plans

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UK National Action Plan Workshop 2 – Participation and Relief and Recovery

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UK National Action Plan Workshop 1 – Prevention and Protection

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GAPS response to the 2011-2013 UK National Action Plan review and the development of the 2014-2017 UK National Action Plan

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GAPS recommendations for the 2014-2017 UK National Action Plan

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Associate Parliamentary Group Submission to the International Development Select Committee on Violence Against Women and Girls

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Putting Women’s Rights Into the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) GAPS Report

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Women, Peace and Security Toolkit for the UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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GAPS and Gender and Development Network Recommendations for the Building Stability Overseas Strategy

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