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GAPS Newsletter: July 2020


UK Government’s Annual Report to Parliament in 2019 & GAPS Shadow Report Launch

On Monday 13 July 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS) and GAPS hosted the UK Government’s Oral Report to Parliament in 2019 on the UK National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. Read the full event report here. GAPS also launched its Shadow Report, “Assessing UK Government Action in 2019”. In this shadow report, GAPS assesses the progress by UK Government in the second year of the NAP and focuses on implementation for the remaining years.

Research & Resources

Getting it Right: Putting Women, Peace and Security at the Centre of the Integrated Review

As the UK Government has resumed the Integrated Review on Security, Defence, Development and Policy, GAPS and its members made the submission that this is a key moment for the UK Government to reaffirm its commitments to gender equality, the Women, Peace and Security agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) especially as this year is the 20th anniversary year of UNSCR 1325. To make the most of the opportunity, GAPS and its members set out 4 key priorities that should be fully considered throughout the process of the review. These are laid out here in this briefing paper.

Leveraging the SDGs for Feminist Peace

WILPF’s Guide to Leveraging the SDGs for Feminist Peace provides a framework for thinking about the SDGs from a feminist, anti-militarist perspective, and identifies entry points for advocacy on the national, regional, and global levels. This guide shows how activists can use the next ten years to advance key priorities and build a feminist, peaceful future.

When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population

In When Returning to Normal Doesn’t Work for Half the World’s Population, International Rescue Committee (IRC) list 5 things we must do to build back better. This comes in light of countries slowly starting to reopen, IRC’s position is that there is an opportunity to now re-imagine what the next phase of life can look like and how to build back better.

Evicted by Climate Change

In this report, CARE International outline the causes and consequences of climate-induced displacement, and how the triple injustice of climate change, poverty and gender inequality must be met by transformative action to support more gender-equal and resilient communities in sustainable environments. CARE calls on all relevant actors to do their part to build a safer, more equitable, inclusive and resilient future in this report.

Addressing Emerging Human Trafficking Trends and Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic

This joint publication by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and UN Women provides strategic guidance to address the consequences of the pandemic on trafficking in human beings. ODIHR and UN Women conducted a global survey of survivors of trafficking and frontline stakeholders. Based on the survey findings and empirical data they developed a set of policy recommendations, read those here.

2020 Civil Society Roadmap on Women, Peace and Security

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security launched their 2020 Civil Society Roadmap on Women, Peace and Security. This roadmap provides recommendations to the UN, Security Council and Member States in 2020 and beyond in five key areas. This is in advance of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of Resolution 1325.

Will the pandemic derail hard-won progress on gender equality?

This paper by UN Women presents the latest evidence on the gendered impact of the pandemic, highlights potential and emerging trends, and reflects on the long-term impact of the crisis on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This paper presents key facts and figures relating to the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and reflects on the health impacts of COVID-19 on SDG targets.

Gender Equality on the Ground: Feminist Findings & Recommendations for Achieving Agenda 2030

This shadow report by Women2030 is the findings from national assessments on how to ensure a gender-just and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the key priority areas of climate and environmental justice, redistributive and economic justice, political participation, gender-based violence, and gender stereotypes. This report also highlights structural barriers across countries, as well as best practices and opportunities for change.

What does the status of women reveal about a nation’s pandemic preparedness and response?

This research note by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and the PRIO Centre for Gender, Peace and Security investigates the relationship between women’s wellbeing and risk factors associated with a COVID-19 outbreak. This was done by examining the relationship between country scores on the INFORM Epidemic Risk Index and the Women, Peace, and Security Index. Read the findings here.


Torino Forum for Sustaining Peace

Hosted by the United Nations System Staff College

When: Monday 7 September – Friday 11 September

For more information, click here.

Girls’ Platform for Action – A Girls’ Agenda for Beijing+25 and Beyond

Hosted by Leaders from Generation Equality

When: Monday 12 August, 13:00 BST

For more information, click here.

Visions of Feminist Peace

Hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

When: Monday 14 September – Friday 2 October

For more information, click here.


UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women & Girls

Call for submissions: Women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights in situations of crisis, apply by Monday 31 August.

For more information and to submit, click here.

Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI)

Call for SVRI Research Grant Proposals – Action to End Violence Against Women & Children, apply by Tuesday 15 September.

For more information and to submit, click here.

Jobs & Volunteering

Amnesty International UK

Direct Marketing Executive (London), apply by Friday 7 August

CARE International UK

Campaign Intern – Centenary Action Group (London), apply by Wednesday 5 August

Chief Operating Officer (London), apply by Monday 24 August

Finance Officer – Maternity Cover (London), apply by Sunday 16 August

Conciliation Resources

Project Manager (Brussels), apply by Wednesday 26 August

Director (Brussels), apply by Wednesday 26 August

International Alert

Chief of Party – DRC (Bukavu), apply by Monday 10 August

International Rescue Committee

Executive Director (London), apply by Monday 10 August

Associate Director (London), apply by Monday 10 August

Mercy Corps

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Peace & Conflict and Middle East (London)

Advocacy and Communications Intern (The Hague)

Director – Youth Employment (London, Hague, Nairobi or Amman)

Head of Media and Communications, Europe (Edinburgh or London)

Oxfam GB

Gender And Partnership Officer (Diyala), apply by Friday 8 August

Gender Officer (Diyala), apply by Thursday 13 August

Project Officer – Cyclone Amphan Response (Dhaka), apply by Thursday 6 August

Programme Manager (Shafar), apply by Tuesday 11 August

Plan International UK

Director of Communications, Campaigns and UK Programmes (London), apply by Thursday 13 August

Technical Adviser – Safeguarding & Protection Mainstreaming (London), apply by Friday 7 August


Gender Adviser (Juba), apply by Friday 21 August

Advocacy Adviser – Maternity Cover (London), apply by Sunday 16 August


Safeguarding Consultant (Remote), apply by Friday 7 August

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