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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 NGOs and experts in the field of development, human rights, humanitarian response and peacebuilding.

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.

How we work

Through our collaborative advocacy, campaigning and research, GAPS highlights the realities of women living in conflict-affected countries to decision-makers and practitioners and to promote their participation at all levels.We are dedicated to promoting, facilitating and monitoring the inclusion of gender perspectives in all aspects of UK government peace and security policy and practice and work in close partnership with UK government ministers and civil servants.

By providing the secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security we ensure progress on Women, Peace and Security benefits from the influence and scrutiny of parliamentarians. In October 2010, GAPS launced the powerful No Women, No Peace. campaign to commemorate the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security as well as our lobbying and advocacy work.

Read our strategy for 2018-2022 here.


GAPS operates across a variety of policy areas. These include the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP) and the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI).

With the expertise of our  members, 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 and advisors.



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