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GAPS Newsletter: February 2021

Updates from GAPS

New GAPS Report!

Our latest report Defending the Future: Gender, Conflict and Environmental Peace was written with the Women’s International Peace Centre and the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. This report focuses on the gendered impact of climate change and how this intersects with women and girls’ right to peace, and is based on interviews with a range of experts, including practitioners, academics and activists.

This report highlights that there is a growing recognition of the need for the Women, Peace and Security agenda to take into account how the climate crisis poses risks to women and girls’ peace and security, particularly in conflict and post-conflict contexts.

We launched this report on Monday 1 February in a virtual event. This event heard from project partners and the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security, Bineta Diop. We had a great discussion on the report findings and recommendations, and shared examples of how the intersection between environmental degradation and gender affect women and girls. You can now listen to the event recording here or watch it here!

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS): February event!

Through the APPG-WPS, which GAPS is the secretariat of, we held an event on Peacebuilding and Women and Girls’ Rights in Libya on Tuesday 2 February. We were joined by Dr Rida Al Tubuly, Director of Together We Build It (TWBI); Elham Saudi, Co-founder and Director of Lawyers for Justice in Libya and Nicholas Hopton, Her Majesty’s Ambassador for Libya. At this event we discussed the challenges that women peacebuilders and women human rights defenders face in Libya, and how the international community can better support peacebuilding, human rights and gender equality in Libya. If you missed this event, make sure to read the event report!

Research & Resources

Stories of Feminist Peace

This month, GAPS Member WILPF released their interactive 2020 report, Stories of Feminist Peace 2020. In this report, they reflect and highlights the resilience, courage, and determination of WILPF’s global community, including how WILPF responded to COVID-19 and their anti-nuclear activism.

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

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the February 2021 edition of their Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council. For February, in which the UK has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the NGOWG-WPS’ MAP provides recommendations on CAR, Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan and Yemen. Read in full here.

Transforming leadership, challenging injustice: CARE’s approach to achieving women’s equal voice and leadership in public life and decision-making

This position paper by CARE International aims to help the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal on Gender Equality. This position paper is designed to provide guidance and resources for CARE’s leadership and staff to enable them to respond to women’s aspirations for equal voice and social transformation.

On the Human Rights Frontline

Amnesty International UK’s new report On the Human Rights Frontline is centred on interviews with human rights defenders who are targeted, face arrest and threats because of their important work to make this world a better place for us all. GAPS was one of the organisations who worked with Amnesty International UK to give urgent calls for the UK government to do more to support and protect human rights defenders.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) in National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Processes

This report by the NAP Global Network and Women Deliver explores the extent to which climate change NAP processes recognise the linkages between climate change adaptation and SRHR, as well as how an absence of SRHR can exacerbate vulnerability to climate change. This report aims to promote an integrated and inclusive approach to climate change NAPs and SRHR.

The Gendered Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Women and Girls

WaterAid look at how the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector includes gender in its response to emergencies in this blog. This blog post also examines why it matters to include gender, in particular to understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on different gender and populations groups.


#RebuildBetter Virtual Summit

Hosted by UN Women and CARE International UK

When: Tuesday 9 March to Thursday 11 March

For more information, click here.

‘In Conversation’ with Tobias Ellwood MP

Hosted by Save the Children UK

When: Wednesday 3 March, 18:00 – 19:00 GMT

For more information, click here.

1000 Women Leaders: A Global Movement for Peace & Equality

Hosted by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

When: Monday 8 March 18:00 – 19:00 GMT

For more information, click here.

Women, Peace and Security and International Law

Hosted by the Institute for International Law and Justice at NYU School of Law, the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and the Erik Castrén Institute

When: Thursday 18 March, 12:00 – 13:00 GMT

For more information, click here.


Gender and Development

Call for Contributions: Feminist Protests and Politics in a World in Crisis, apply by Tuesday 2 March

For more information and to apply, click here.

Jobs & Volunteering

ActionAid UK

CEO (London), apply by Monday 1 March

Scoping Study – Global Affairs Canada Consultancy (London), apply by Wednesday 10 March

CARE International UK

Centenary Action Group (CAG) Fundraising Consultant (Home-based), apply by Monday 8 March

Senior Governance and Peacebuilding Advisor (London), apply by Sunday 14 March

Conciliation Resources

Programme Director, Pacific Region (Melbourne), apply by Sunday 28 February

International Alert

Communications Officer (Flexible), apply by Friday 5 March

Director – Europe (The Hague), apply by Friday 26 February

Senior Advocacy Officer (Flexible), apply by Friday 5 March

International Rescue Committee

EU Policy & Advocacy Advisor – Refugee Resettlement Protection & Integration (Brussels), apply by Saturday 27 February

EU Policy & Advocacy Advisor – Conflict, Migration & Development (Brussels), apply by Saturday 27 February

Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Analyst (London), apply by Monday 8 March

Mercy Corps

Advocacy Lead and Program Director – Climate Adaptation (London)

Senior Advisor – Research and Strategy (Washington DC)

COVID Strategy Program Officer (Washington DC)

Gender Advisor, Gender and Youth Associate Award (Washington DC)

Gender, Youth and Social Dynamics Lead (Port Au Prince)

Senior Advisor, Adolescent Girls and Youth Development (Portland)

Oxfam GB

Policy, Influencing and Media Manager (Amman), apply by Wednesday 3 March

Economic Justice Policy Advisor (Amman), apply by Sunday 7 March

Humanitarian Programme Coordinator (Syria), apply by Sunday 14 March

Protection Assistant (Tikrit), apply by Monday 8 March

Senior Protection Officer (Mosul), apply by Sunday 28 February

Plan International UK

Supporter Engagement Coordinator (London), apply by Wednesday 3 March

Senior Communications Manager (London), apply by Wednesday 3 March

Public Affairs Officer (London), apply by Friday 26 February

Digital Acquisition Officer (London), apply by Monday 1 March


EU Finance and Compliance Manager (Brussels)

Country Director (Khartoum), apply by Sunday 28 February


Head of Finance (Geneva)

Womankind Worldwide

Programme Management Officer (London), apply by Monday 22 March

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