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GAPS Newsletter: August 2020

Research & Resources

A Feminist Foreign Policy Response to COVID-19

This policy brief by GAPS member Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy provides a brief overview of the feminist foreign policy frameworks from Sweden, Mexico, Canada, and France, and outlines how those four countries with feminist foreign policies have been responding to the pandemic. This policy brief also identifies concrete policy recommendations for a feminist response to COVID-19.

The missing link: Access to justice and community security in Somalia

This briefing paper by GAPS member Saferworld presents key challenges and recommendations on strengthening community safety and addressing barriers to peace in Somalia. The findings and recommendations in this briefing paper highlight how experiences of a broken justice system in locations around the country are undermining access to justice and safety gains, as well as fuelling community grievances.

COVID-19 Impact on Livestock Markets in the Horn of Africa

GAPS member Mercy Corps monitored livestock systems in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan to understand the interplay of diverse market forces as influenced by COVID-19 mitigation measures. This report, developed from research through existing programs and augmented with key informant interviews, aims to fill knowledge gaps and offer recommendations to support coping and recovery.

Women’s Economic Empowerment during the COVID-19 Pandemic: a Rapid Review of Impacts and Responses for Economic Relief and Recovery

This paper by the Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) helpdesk is a snapshot of how COVID-19 is impacting Women’s Economic Empowerment as of early June 2020. The paper is aimed at the UK Government to inform COVID-19 responsive programming – for economic relief and recovery. It provides a brief overview of impacts and examples of responses related to women’s economic empowerment to the pandemic by governments, donors, the private sector and civil society.

Beyond the Shadow Pandemic: Protecting a generation of girls from gender-based violence through COVID-19 to recovery

This policy brief by Save the Children includes programme examples and makes recommendations for UN actors, donors, national Governments, humanitarian actors, and the media to ensure that risk factors for gender-based violence are prevented, mitigated against, and responded to as an urgent priority through COVID-19 to recovery. Read in full here.

From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19

UN Women’s report summarises the data, research and policy work produced them on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, including how it is affecting extreme poverty, employment, health, unpaid care and violence against women and girls. This report also calls for greater investment and prioritisation of data on the gendered effects of the crisis.

COVID-19 & Global Food Security

In this e-book by the International Food Policy Research Institute provides key insights and analysis on how the global pandemic is affecting global poverty and food security and nutrition, food trade and supply chains, gender, employment, and a variety of policy interventions, as well as reflections on how these lessons can be used to better prepare for future pandemics. The chapters in this book draw on a combination of conceptual arguments, global and country-level simulation models, in-country surveys, case studies, and expert opinions.


Forgotten voices – the gendered impact of explosive weapons on civilian populations

Hosted by the APPG on Women, Peace and Security, the APPG on Drones, the APPG on Human Rights, Humanity & Inclusion and Save the Children

When: Tuesday 15 September, 11:15am-12:30 BST

To RSVP, please email

The Role of Academia in Realising the Promise of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

When: Tuesday 8 September, 13:00-14:30 BST

For more information, click here.

Visions of Feminist Peace

Hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

When: Monday 14 September – Friday 2 October

For more information, click here.


Commonwealth Foundation

COVID-19: Special Grants Call, apply by Friday 18 September 2020.

For more information and to submit, click here.

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)

Call for SVRI Research Grant Proposals – Action to End Violence Against Women & Children, apply by Tuesday 15 September.

For more information and to submit, click here.

Jobs & Volunteering

Amnesty International UK

Education and Artist Liaison Assistant (London), apply by Friday 11 September

CARE International UK

Senior Advocacy & Policy Advisor (London), apply by Sunday 6 September

Contracts & Finance Officer (London), apply by Sunday 6 September

Senior Finance Officer (London), apply by Tuesday 8 September

International Alert

Finance & Grants Officer (London), apply by Wednesday 16 September

International Rescue Committee

Operations and Supply Chain Assistant (London), apply by Friday 11 September

Mercy Corps

Policy & Advocacy Advisor (Erbil)

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Peace & Conflict and Middle East (London)

Gender Advisor (Khartoum)

Director – Youth Employment (London, Hague, Nairobi or Amman)

Safeguarding Manager (Goma)

Oxfam GB

Research Assistant (Zahle), apply by Friday 18 September

Accountability Officer (Sittwe), apply by Thursday 17 September

Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Coordinator (Harare), apply by Friday 11 September

MEAL Coordinator (Islamabad), apply by Thursday 17 September


Head of People and Culture (London), apply by Sunday 13 September

Communications and Media Officer (London), apply by Wednesday 16 September


MENA Advocacy Coordinator (Geneva), apply by Tuesday 22 September

Womankind Worldwide

Projects Finance Manager (London), apply by Monday 14 September

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