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GAPS Newsletter August 2021


Response to the Crisis in Afghanistan

On Monday 17th August, GAPS wrote to the Prime Minister, and the Secretaries of State for the Home Department, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, and Defence about the life-threatening situation facing women and girls in Afghanistan. Our open letter, signed by over 100 individuals and organisations who work in women’s rights, human rights, peacebuilding and the humanitarian sector, outlines important actions the UK Government must take swiftly to protect women and girls in Afghanistan. You can read the full letter here.

Some ways to support our work in Afghanistan

Write to your MP and urge them to provide immediate support to women and girls in Afghanistan

Sign this petition and show the UK Government that you stand with Afghan women and girls

Support and share UNHCR’s call to keep borders open for Afghans seeking asylum

Read and share this piece written by GAPS and more with the three key asks that will make a difference for Afghan women

Research & Resources


Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: June and July 2021

For August, in which India has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen


Feminist Foreign Policy and Climate-Induced Migration

The Centre for Foreign Policy’s newly published briefing discusses the intersections between climate-induced migration, international refugee law, and feminist foreign policy. The briefing makes key recommendations to policymakers on how to work on solutions to the crisis and mitigate the impact on climate migrants through a feminist lens.


Briefings from South Sudan

Saferworld’s brief presents the main peace and safety concerns identified by communities and their representatives during state-level roundtable discussions on strengthening community safety and addressing peace challenges. The briefing includes recommendations that recognises women leaders as essential to peace and stability.


The Climate-Gender-Conflict Nexus: Amplifying women’s contributions at the grassroots

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security’s report discusses the intersections between climate change, gender and conflict, including addressing the gaps in the approaches to these topics using real life examples in Colombia, Sudan and Nepal and making recommendations to policymakers and practitioners on five priority areas of actions.


Climate Change and the Covid-19 Crisis are Two Sides of the Same Coin: You can’t Tackle One Without the Other

LSE’s Centre for Woman Peace and Security published a blog written by Felogene Anumo discusses how Covid19 and the Climate Crisis have drawn attention to the need for “just, green, anti-capitalist, decolonial and feminist economies” to respond to world crises.


Is Peace Just the Absence of War?

Organised by LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

When: Tuesday 21 September 2021, 1:00pm to 2:15pm (UK)

For more information, click here

Taking Stock of Gender Equality in Colombia: Data and Reflections

Organised by Gender, Justice and Security Hub

When: Thursday 16 September, 15:00 – 16:30 (COL) / 21:00 – 22:30 (UK)

For more information, click here


Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF)

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund has an open call for proposals in Liberia. You can find more information here.

CSSF Libya

CSSF Libya announced a call for project bids for not-for-profit women’s rights and youth organisations, to support the capacity, leadership and agendas of grassroots organisations working on election-related issues across Libya. You can find further information here.

International Development Strategy: Call for Evidence

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is inviting people and organisations to submit evidence to inform the UK government’s International Development Strategy. More information including how to get involved is available here.

Care International and ActionAid UK: Call to Tender

Care International and ActionAid UK have 4 small grants to fund the time of activists and campaigners working with diverse communities on climate and gender justice ahead of COP26. You can find more detailed information here.

Jobs & Volunteering

ActionAid UK

Head of Programme Quality and Assurance, Humanitarian, (London).  Apply by 1 September

Amnesty International UK

Grants and Impact Director, (London EC2A / Initially remote).  Apply by 31 August

International Alert

Interim Director of Policy, Advocacy and Communications, (London). Apply by 9 September

International Rescue Committee

Programme Coordinator, (London). Apply by 3 September

Associate Director, Product Development and Operational Partnerships. (London). Open

Director, Safety and Security Development, (London, New York, Nairobi or Washington). Open

Strategy Analyst, (London). Open

Senior Strategy Manager (Strategy & Planning), (London). Open

Oxfam GB

Consultancy: Gender and Inclusion, (Flexible). Apply by 3 September

Advocacy and Campaigns Officer, (Iraq). Apply by 31 August

Women Economic Empowerment (WEE) Officer , (Iraq). Apply by 29 August

Plan UK

Real Choices, Real Lives Cohort Study Research Manager, (London). Apply by 2 September


Internship: Policy, Advocacy and Communications Division, (London). Apply by 5 September

Womankind Worldwide

Consultancy: Project Evaluation Consultant, (Flexible). Apply by 31 August

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