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Who We Are

Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) is the UK’s Women, Peace and Security civil society network. We are a membership organisation of 19 multi-mandate international NGOs, peacebuilding organisations, women’s rights organisations and human rights organisations.

We were founded to progress the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Our role is to promote, and hold the UK government to account on, its international commitments to women and girls in conflict areas worldwide. GAPS does this by working with GAPS members and global partners.

How we work

Through our collaborative advocacy, campaigning and research, GAPS highlights the realities of women and girls living in conflict-affected countries to decision-makers and practitioners and to promote their participation at all levels. GAPS uses the combined strength and expertise of the members of the network to push for national and global action on women and girls’ rights in conflict to ensure their voices are heard, listened to, and acted upon. GAPS also works with partners from conflict-affected countries.

We are dedicated to promoting, facilitating and monitoring the inclusion of gender perspectives in all aspects of UK Government and global peace and security policy and practice, and work in close partnership with civil society, governments, academics, and multilateral institutions to achieve this. Additionally, by providing the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security, we ensure that progress on Women, Peace and Security benefits from the influence and scrutiny of UK Parliamentarians.

Read our strategy for 2023-2027 in full here.


GAPS operates across a variety of policy areas in the UK and globally, these include the National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. GAPS also works on, and responds to global issues such as COVID-19, displacement and conflict prevention. With the expertise of GAPS members and global partners, we promote strong advocacy from civil society through coordinated action.

The work of GAPS is coordinated by our staff with support from members and overseen by our management board.

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