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GAPS Newsletter: February 2020


Launch of the Generation Equality Forum website!

The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society-centred global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France. The Forum will launch in Mexico City on 7-8 May 2020 and culminate in Paris on 7-10 July 2020 with interactive satellite sessions to maximise worldwide participation. The website has now been launched, it is a one-stop resource for Forum-related news, sessions, events and activities as well as practical information about participating.

Research & Resources

Supporting resilience in Syria – Women’s experience of the conflict and the ‘new normal’

CARE International’s policy brief analyses how Syrian women have adopted new livelihood strategies, new ways of accessing education, and new gender roles. This policy brief makes recommendations for how donors, as well as humanitarian and development agencies should promote women’s leadership in humanitarian and early recovery responses. This is to support a platform for Syrian women to define their own priorities, shape the support they receive, and make decisions for themselves and their dependants. Read the full policy brief here.

“Like the military of the village”: Security, justice and community defence groups in south-east South Sudan

This report by Saferworld explores how the various providers of security and justice have responded to violence associated with the civil war, inter-communal conflict, and gender-based violence in Torit and Kapoeta, south-east South Sudan. It asks to what extent the security and justice providers are effective, inclusive, and whether people see them as legitimate. The report aims to inform efforts to enhance people’s security and access to justice. Read Saferworld’s report here.

Implementing the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention No. 169: Towards an inclusive, sustainable and just future

This report examines the implementation of the Convention No. 169 and the current social and economic situation of indigenous people across the world. This report presents the social and economic situation of indigenous women and men today by looking at key aspects such as population, employment and poverty, as well as the important strides made in public policies, particularly with regard to institutions, consultation and participation. It highlights the critical role of the Convention as a framework for social justice, peace, participatory democracy, and inclusive and sustainable development for all. Read the report in English or Spanish here.

Supporting Women’s Organisations and Movements: a Strategic Approach to Climate Action

Written by the Nobel Women’s Initiative and the Equality Fund, this brief examines the case for taking a feminist approach to climate change policy. The brief articulates the rationale, and what such an approach could mean specifically for Canadian policy-makers working in the areas of climate change and global development, in particular at Environment and Climate Change Canada and Global Affairs Canada. Read the report to find out more about an integrated feminist approach to the climate crisis.

Smashing Spatial Patriarchy: Shifting social norms driving sexual and gender-based violence on public transport in Sri Lanka

Oxfam’s latest report explores the belief systems that legitimise, excuse and drive violence against women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people on public transport in Sri Lanka. This report aims to contribute to sexual and gender-base violence literature and fill a knowledge gap by identifying and analysing the social norms and other intersecting factors that underpin and allow sexual and gender-based violence in public transport, with a primary focus on violence against women and girls.

Feasibility study into the possible inclusion of social norms measures within the 2021 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)

This research report by  summarises the literature to inform the feasibility of including social norms measures in the next NCAS. It was compiled following a review of conceptual literature and Australian and international empirical research on social norms, violence against women and related issues. Literature searches were conducted for this report, using various combinations of search terms including: “social norms theory”, “social norm change”, “gender norm change”, “primary prevention”, “violence against women”, “gender equality”, “community mobilisation” and “measure social norms”. Read the findings in this report here.


OxPeace 2020 Conference: Women, Peace and Security: Principles, Policy and Practice 20 years after UNSCR 1325

Marking the 20th anniversary of UNSCR1325, this year’s OxPeace conference is dedicated to the scholarship, policy and practice of women’s inclusion in peace-building, peacekeeping and security as well as discussions about gender-based violence and the role of grassroots actors and organisations. Providing a discussion between practitioners, policymakers and academics, OxPeace2020 conference will reflect upon key achievements and failures in the inclusion of women in peace in the past two decades.

When: Saturday 16 May 2020

Where: St John’s College, Oxford

For more information and how to attend, click here.

Peace on Our Terms: the global battle for women’s rights after the First World War

Drawing from her new book, ‘Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World War’, Dr. Mona Siegel will discuss global feminists’ interventions during the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. From demanding a seat at the negotiating table, to confronting sexual violence again women in wartime, to insisting upon women’s freedom of movement and self-expression, pioneering female activists set an agenda a century ago that continues to inform global policy-making today.

When: Thursday 26 March 2020

Where: Sumeet Valrani Theatre, Centre Building, the London School of Economics

For more information and how to attend, click here.


CSW64 (New York):

Materialised women in fragile and conflict-affected states: A Global Agenda for Action for 2020 and Beyond – Women for Women International

When: 17:30-20:00 Monday 9 March 2020

Where: German Mission to the United Nations, New York

RSVP by Wednesday 4 March to

Restart, Revive and Rebuild: Taking Inspiration from 2020 for Peace and Equality  – NIWEP 

When: 10:30-12:30 Thursday 12 March 2020

Where: Fedcap Rehabilitation Services Inc, 210 East 43rd  Street, New York

Bridging the Adolescent Girl Data Gap in the SDGs – Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE)

When: 10:30 – 12:00, Tuesday 10 March 2020

Where: Japan Society · 47th St, New York 10017 

To attend, follow this link.


International Essay Competition: 1325 & Beyond

In the run up to the 20th anniversary of the UNSCR 1325, Women In International Security (WIIS) and the Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington, DC are launching an international graduate student essay competition 1325AndBeyond. The essay contest is intended to highlight innovative and imaginative ideas and strategies to achieve the objectives of 1325 in the 2020s.

Deadline: 15 April 2020

For more information and how to apply, click here.

Jobs & Volunteering

ActionAid UK

Acquisition Campaign Specialist (London), apply by Wednesday 18 March

Amnesty International UK

Head of Individual Giving (London), apply by Thursday 12 March

CARE International UK

Senior Governance Advisor (London), apply by Sunday 1 March

International Alert

Executive Assistant (London), apply by Sunday 8 March

Senior Programme Design & Assessment Officer – Africa (London), apply by Thursday 12 March

Senior Programme Finance & Operations Officer (London), apply by Friday 20 March

International Rescue Committee

Senior Programme (Business) Development Advisor (London)

Inclusion Advisor (New York)

Consortium Director (London)

Global Digital Acquisition & Implementation Specialist (London)

Mercy Corps

Senior Researcher – Peace and Conflict (London or Washington DC), apply by Monday 9 March

Programme Officer – Asia (Edinburgh or London), apply by Monday 9 March 

Advocacy and Communications Intern (The Hague)

Senior Director, Peace and Governance (London or Washington DC)

Oxfam GB

Gender Officer (Tikrit), apply by Thursday 5 March

Advocacy & Global Campaigns Manager (Kinshasa), apply by Friday 20 March

Women’s Empowerment Programme Manager (Sittwe), apply by Thursday 5 March

Protection Officer (Mosul), apply by Sunday 1 March

Policy,Advocacy and Campaigns Manager (Juba), apply by Tuesday 10 March

Plan International UK

Campaign Lead – Periods Project (London), apply by Wednesday 4 March

DRM Programme Specialist- Child Protection in Emergencies (London), apply by Monday 9 March

Sponsorship Operations Volunteer (London), apply by Tuesday 3 March

Womankind Worldwide

Communications Officer (London), apply by Monday 23 March

Policy & Advocacy Manager (London), apply by Monday 23 March

Women for Women International UK

People and Operations Manager (London), apply by Wednesday 4 March

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