GAPS Newsletter: June 2020

Research & Resources

The Shadow Pandemic: Gender-Based Violence among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar

This report by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) used data collected from their women’s centres and health programme sites in 19 camps across Cox’s Bazar to assess trends in rates of gender-based violence. Their data demonstrated that women and girls continue to live with the threat of violence in Cox’s Bazar – and the risks they face were likely to be compounded by the spread of COVID-19 and steps taken to mitigate against it. Read the findings and recommendations here.

Where are the women? The conspicuous absence of women in COVID-19 response teams and plans, and why we need them

This report by CARE International UK examines the lack of women in COVID-19 responses. They call for women’s participation at every level, from national crisis committees to the local communities on the front lines of humanitarian responses, including funding for women-led and women’s rights organisations, as CARE’s research found that women are systematically underrepresented in national decision making on COVID-19, and the humanitarian response.

The ‘Women, Peace, and Security’ Agenda: Implementation Matters

Read CFFP’s latest policy brief in collaboration with 17 German NGOs. This was published ahead of Germany’s third National Action Plan (NAP) on the implementation of the Women, Peace, and Security agenda, UNSCR1325. This policy brief outlines – along the four columns of the Women, Peace and Security agenda – recommendations for the third German NAP on Women, Peace and Security, which is currently being drafted by the Government.

A fourth pillar for the United Nations? The rise of counter-terrorism

This paper by Saferworld examines the impact of counter-terrorism and countering/preventing violent extremism on the UN system as a whole – and maps out possible future threats for the UN if the embrace of the counter-terror agenda continues. In this paper, the emergence of the fourth pillar – counter terrorism – is examined and how this shift can have a negative implication.

Why COVID-19 is a Call to Action for Gender Equality and Peace

This blog post by International Alert analyses the deep impact of COVID-19 on gender equality and women’s participation in peace-building and how that poses a serious threat to peace and security. In this post, they discuss the importance of implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda to better respond to the impact the pandemic is having on women while avoiding deepening gender inequalities.

Centering Women, Peace and Security in Ceasefires

WILPF’s latest resource on Women, Peace and Security shows why UN Security Council action on COVID-19 must be linked with its existing recognition of the gendered impacts of conflict, the importance and agency of women in promoting peace, and centring inclusivity and human security. Centering Women, Peace and Security in Ceasefires highlights case studies from Cameroon, Colombia, DRC, Syria, and Yemen during COVID-19, drawing from the recommendations of WILPF members and partners.

Girls & COVID-19: Living Under Lockdown

In this report, Plan International examined four previous studies of crises to try and get a clearer picture of the insecurity and vulnerability facing girls and young women during COVID-19. This report shows the ways in which the lives and rights of girls and young women are particularly affected by previous crises and this pandemic.

40 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

With the recent 40 year anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), this briefing paper by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security provides an overview of some of the CEDAW Committee’s most recent work. The focus of this paper is particularly on gender-based violence against women, the right to education and the gender-related dimensions of disaster-reduction and climate change.

Gender, Climate & Security: Sustaining Inclusive Peace on the Frontlines of Climate Change

UN Women’s recent report offers a framework for understanding how gender, climate and security are linked , and shares practical examples of empirical research, analytical approaches, and programme interventions that can contribute to responding to climate and security risks. The report concludes with a set of recommendations to guide policy-making, investments, programme design, and research.

The Disproportionate Impact of COVID-19 Crisis on Women and Adolescent Girls in Middle Bekaa

Women Now for Development conducted this research paper based on field interviews to identify the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women and girls that they work with in the Middle Bekaa region in Lebanon. In this paper, they include the economic, psychological and social impact of COVID-19, as well as identifying the women and girls’ current needs.


Events

Gender-Just Climate Resilience in the COVID-19 Response

Hosted by CARE International UK

When: Wednesday 1 July, 10:30-12:00 BST

For more information, click here.

Gender, Peace and Security in South Sudan

Hosted by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa

When: Thursday 2 July, 09:00-11:00 BST

For more information, click here.

Down the Green Feminist Road: Local stories of sustainability in action

Hosted by WILPF

When: Thursday 2 July, 15:00-16:00 BST

For more information, click here.

What’s Next for UK International Development?

Hosted by the Overseas Development Institute

When: Tuesday 7 July, 13:00-14:15 BST

For more information, click here.


Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equality and Diversity: An International Journal

Call for submissions: Intersecting inequalities in the time of COVID-19, submit by Monday 31 August

For more information and to submit, click here.

The Global Network for Women Peacebuilders

Cora Weiss Fellowship for Young Women Peacebuilders, apply by Wednesday 15 July

For more information and to apply, click here.


Jobs & Volunteering

ActionAid UK

Policy Specialist (London), apply by Sunday 12 July

Amnesty International UK

Digital Engagement Manager (London), apply by Thursday 9 July

Senior Digital Engagement Specialist (London), apply by Sunday 5 July

Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

Intern (Berlin), apply by Friday 17 July

Project Manager (Berlin), apply by Friday 10 July

Conciliation Resources

Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser (London), apply by Monday 13 July

International Alert

Finance & Grants Officer (London), apply by Wednesday 15 July

Conflict Advisory Consultants – Niger & Chad (Global), apply by Friday 17 July

International Rescue Committee

Senior Programme Business Development Advisor (London)

Mercy Corps

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

Chief Technology Officer / Senior Director (Portland or Washington DC)

Emergency Deputy Programs Director (Goma)

Humanitarian Access & Security Manager (Baghdad)

Protection & Inclusion Technical Advisor (Amman)

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

Oxfam GB

Gender Officer (Mosul), apply by Wednesday 8 July

MEAL Officer (Jakarta), apply by Thursday 9 July

Gender Coordinator (Yangon), apply by Friday 3 July

Programme Manager – Economic Justice (Amman), apply by Sunday 5 July

Saferworld

Project Coordinator (Yangon), apply by Friday 17 July

EU Finance and Administration Officer (Brussels), apply by Friday 31 July

More News

APPG on Women, Peace and Security hosts the UK Government’s Annual Report to Parliament in 2019

On Monday 13 July 2020, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS) and Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) co-hosted the UK Government’s oral Report to Parliament in 2019 on the UK National Action Plan on Read More

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 make the submission that this is a key moment for the UK Government to reaffirm its commitments to gender equality, the Read More

Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2019

In this shadow report, GAPS assesses the 2019 Annual Report to Parliament by the UK Government and focuses on how the UK Government has used, and could have used, the second year of implementation for this National Action Plan (NAP) Read More

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