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GAPS Newsletter: December 2020


International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day falls on the 10th December every year, it is the day that the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. The UN’s theme for 2020 is Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights, this relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts.

New GAPS resource!

GAPS latest resource assesses funding modalities for Women’s Rights Organisations and Civil Society working on women and girls’ rights and Women, Peace and Security. The Key to Change: Supporting Civil Society and Women’s Rights Organisations in Fragile and Conflict Affected Contexts is a partnership between GAPS, Saferworld, Somali Women’s Development Centre, WILPF Nigeria, Women’s International Peace Centre, Women for Women International and Womankind Worldwide. This report brings together findings from country mappings of Women’s Rights and Civil Society Organisations and research, including Key Informant Interviews. It is supplemented by country specific reports for Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia.

Research & Resources

Advancing feminist economic alternatives for a fair, green, gender equal world

This report by ActionAid responds to women’s relative position of economic, social and political exclusion. In this report they aim to shine a light on some of the vast multitudes of feminist economic alternatives that exist, demonstrating their huge value and providing inspiration and practical examples for policy-makers.

NGOWG-WPS Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the December 2020 edition of their Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council. For December, in which South Africa has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the NGOWG-WPS’ MAP provides recommendations on Afghanistan, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea-Bissau and Sudan (Darfur). Read in full here.

Feminism, Power, & Nuclear Weapons: An Eye on the P5

In this report, the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy (CFFP) question when P5 nations (US, the UK, China, France, and Russia) engage feminist approaches to foreign policy, what does that mean for their nuclear policy? This report addresses hierarchies, patriarchy and  gendered and colonial ideas about who and what makes “good” policy. Read the 5 articles in the report here.

Secondary Impacts of COVID-19 on Gender-Based Violence Against Women and Girls in Zimbabwe

This report by Social Development Direct summarises available evidence on gender-based violence against women and girls in Zimbabwe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This report provides contextual information and evidence and analyses the trends and forms of gender-based violence that women and girls are being exposed to at increased levels due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Feminist Monitoring & Advocacy Toolkit for Our Feminist Future

The Feminist Response to COVID-19 Collective group released this toolkit to translate their Feminist Response to COVID-19 Principles into guidance and evidence-based recommendations for advocacy and policymaking. In this toolkit, they observe and reflect the impact of crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and then set out plans for action on how to respond. For more resources by the this collective group, click here.

Human Rights and Gender Equality during Public Emergencies

The OSCE’s report draws on desk research and interviews with experts and is structured around the most common emergency actions that OSCE participating states have taken to control the COVID-19 outbreak. This report identifies how restrictions to human rights have impacted women and girls in particular and gives guidance on how emergency measures can interact with and compound existing inequalities.

Defying the Practices that Harm Women & Girls & Undermine Equality

This UNFPA report focuses on the three most prevalent harmful practices against women and girls: female genital mutilation, child marriage, and extreme bias against daughters in favour of sons. This report shows why these harmful practices persist around the world and what can be done to tackle them.


Warfare and Peace-making in the 21st Century: who’s taking responsibility to protect and promote peace

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

When: 14:15-15:30 GMT, Tuesday 19 January

For more information, click here.

COVID-19 and its Impact on Gender, Justice and Security

Hosted by the Centre for Women, Peace and Security

When: 14:00-15:30 GMT Monday 25 January

For more information, click here.


NGO CSW65 Forum

Application for Parallel Event, apply by the extended deadline Monday 28 December 2020

For more information and to apply, click here.

The Womanity Foundation

Call for Proposals for the Womanity Award, apply by Sunday 31 January 2021

For more information and to apply, click here.

Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

The Rapid Response Window on Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

For more information and to apply, click here.

Jobs & Volunteering

Amnesty International UK

Campaign Manager – Mat cover (Belfast)

CARE International UK

Women’s Economic Justice Entrepreneurship Advisor, apply by Friday 10 January

Senior Gender and Diversity and Inclusion Advisor (London), apply by Wednesday 6 January

Campaigns and Digital Communications Intern (London), apply by Thursday 24 December

Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

Advocacy Intern (London), apply by Wednesday 6 January

Conciliation Resources

Finance Officer (Melbourne), apply by Sunday 20 December

International Rescue Committee

Integration Officer (West Sussex or Hampshire), apply by Sunday 20 December

Mercy Corps

Senior Director – Gender Equality & Social Inclusion (Washington DC or London)

Programme Officer, Middle East (Edinburgh, London or The Hague)

Policy & Advocacy Senior Advisor – COVID-19 (Washington DC)

Development Officer – Mid-level Giving (Portland or Washington DC)

Supporter Fundraising & Engagement Officer (London or Edinburgh)

Oxfam GB

Policy, Advocacy and Communications Manager (Erbil), apply by Saturday 26 December

Administrative & Logistics Officer (Za’atari), apply by Sunday 27 December

Deputy Country Director (Baghdad), apply by Saturday 26 December

Protection Officer (Mosul), apply by Monday 28 December

Plan International UK

Senior Supporter Acquisition Officer (London), apply Tuesday 5 January


Head of Conflict Sensitivity Facility (Khartoum), apply by Sunday 3 January

Conflict Sensitivity Capacity Building Adviser (Sudan), apply by Sunday 3 January


Human Rights Research and Gender Analysis Training Consultant, apply by Monday 4 January

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