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GAPS Newsletter: January 2021

Updates from GAPS

New GAPS report!

Hope you have all had a great start to the new year! January 2021 started off busy for GAPS as we launched our latest research which examines COVID-19, gender equality, peace and security. Now and the Future – Pandemics and Crisis: Gender Equality, Peace and Security in a COVID-19 World and Beyond was written with 22 partners and funded by the UK Government and UN Women. This report is available in Arabic, English, French and Spanish, and is supplemented by country reports for Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Uganda and Ukraine.

Now and the Future – Pandemics and Crisis: Gender Equality, Peace and Security in a COVID-19 World and Beyond is based on consultation with over 200 organisations in 10 countries. It consists of a multi-country report and country specific reports which provide an important body of evidence that the international community and governments can use to develop short and long-term programmes that address the impact of COVID-19, future global pandemics and crises, gender inequality, peace and security.

Research & Resources

The Climate-Gender-Conflict Nexus

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examine the linkages between climate change and conflict and gender in this report. They first investigate existing gaps in frameworks, policy, knowledge, and evidence within the climate-gender-conflict nexus, and then offer a call for policymakers and practitioners to invest in research and policy within this nexus.

“Do our voices matter?” An analysis of women civil society representatives’ meaningful participation at the UN Security Council

This report by Oxfam and the NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security explores the practice of inviting women civil society representatives to brief the UN Security Council (UNSC). In this report they intend to push beyond the idea of participation as a checkbox exercise and analyses the extent to which women’s voices form part of UNSC deliberations, and which conditions ensure women civil society briefers’ participation has the greatest impact.

Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Slavery through the Women, Peace, & Security Agenda

In this report, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders analyse historical and contemporary incidences of sexual slavery and aim to promote synergies in the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. The goal of this research is to inform and strengthen the global response to conflict-related sexual slavery and survivor-centered implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

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

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

European Commission: Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025

The new Gender Action Plan seeks to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through all external action of the European Union. The European Commission’s new Gender Action Plan III will provide the EU with a policy framework with five pillars of action for accelerating progress towards meeting international commitments.

Reflect. Realize. Respond. Rising to new challenges: Accelerating gender parity in times of crisis and beyond

The Global Annual Meeting of Gender Focal Points and Focal Points for Women in the UN, which UN Women leads, brings the network together and supports the gender focal points in their ongoing work to enhance gender parity and an enabling environment in their respective entities. This report provides a summary of the 2020 global annual meeting, key conclusions and best practices from the sessions.

Gender Equality Index 2020: Digitalisation and the future of work

This report presents the fifth edition of the Gender Equality Index, this Index contributes to monitoring progress on gender equality in the EU. This year’s Index explores how digitalisation is shaping the future of work for women and men. The thematic focus used recent research to assess the opportunities, risks and challenges for gender equality in the world of work brought about by digitalisation.


Peacebuilding and Women and Girls’ Rights in Libya

Hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security

When: Tuesday 2 February, 13:00-14:15 GMT

For more information, click here.

Defending the Future: Gender, Conflict and Environmental Peace

Hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

When: Monday 1 February, 13:00-14:30 GMT

For more information, click here.

‘Leading the Way’: Women driving peace and security in Afghanistan, the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen

Hosted by WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform and Oxfam

When: Friday 5 February, 11.00 – 12.30 CET

For more information, please email with your name and organisation.


NGO CSW65 Forum

Register as a NGO CSW65 Virtual Forum Advocate

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.

Jobs & Volunteering

ActionAid UK

Project Officer (London), apply by Sunday 31 January

Senior Resilience and Climate Adviser (London), apply by Sunday 7 February

Senior Donor and Compliance Specialist (London), apply by Tuesday 9 February

Amnesty International UK

Senior Advisor: Gender & Diversity Mainstreaming (London), apply by Monday 15 February

Conciliation Resources

Gender Adviser (London), apply by Monday 8 February

Programme Officer, South Asia Programme (London), apply by Thursday 11 February

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

International Alert

Senior Finance and Operations Officer, Africa (Flexible), apply by Friday 19 February

Regional Director, Global Portfolio (London), apply by Thursday 4 February

Senior Adviser – Strategic Partnerships (London or The Hague), apply by Tuesday 2 February

International Rescue Committee

Senior Advisor – Policy & Planning (London), apply by Tuesday 16 February

Communications Director (London), apply by Monday 1 February

Mercy Corps

Senior Advisor – Resilience, Food Security and Learning (Flexible)

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

Assistant Program Officer – Africa (Portland)

Operations Director – Yemen (Sana’a)

Office Assistant (Edinburgh)

Oxfam GB

Research and Advocacy Officer (Amman), apply by Monday 8 February

Head of Programmes (Erbil), apply by Wednesday 3 February

Resilient Livelihood Officer (Mosul), apply by Wednesday 3 February

Media and Communications Coordinator (Islamabad), apply by Monday 1 February

Plan International UK

Director of International Programmes (London), apply by Monday 15 February

Senior Programme Development Manager (London), apply by Tuesday 2 February


Publications and Editorial Coordinator (London), apply by Sunday 7 February

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, apply by Sunday 7 February

LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

Research Officer – Women’s Rights After War Project, apply by Thursday 25 February

Research Officer – Men, Peace and Security Project, apply by Thursday 25 February

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