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GAPS Newsletter June and July 2021


Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action (WPSHA) Compact

GAPS has been a vocal part of the global push for the WPSHA Compact and is proud to be both a signatory and a catalytic member in the movement for transformative action on gender equality. The Generation Equality WPSHA Compact calls to redesign peace and security and humanitarian processes to systematically and meaningfully include women in decision-making at all levels. You can find out more here.

Response to the G7 Communique

GAPS and GADN (Gender and Development Network) penned a joint response to the G7 communique’s failure to adequate address gender equality concerns and lack of financial support for commitments to gender equality.

Research & Resources

Recommendations of the Gender Equality Advisory Council 2021 to the Leaders of the G7

Ahead of the G7 in June, the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC) released a call to action for leaders at the G7 summit around mainstreaming gender equality in their summit. The GEAC’s analysis has focused in particular on three linked, core themes: girls’ education and the participation of women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); women’s empowerment; and eradicating violence against women and girls. You can read GAPS response to GEAC’s recommendations here.


Impact of Covid-19 on Adolescents’ Education: Evidence Briefing

Ahead of the G7 summit, Plan International UK released a report titled Impact of COVID-19 on adolescents’ education: evidence briefing. The report is based on findings from research that engaged more than 1,000 adolescents, parents and teachers in Guatemala, Honduras, Sudan and Nepal. 


How to Include Crisis-Affected Populations in the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights

The IRC and Women’s Refuge Commission jointly published a position paper titled How to include Crisis-Affected Populations in the Generation Equality Action Coalition on Economic Justice and Rights’. The paper focuses on the importance of the Economic Justice and Rights Action Coalition having dedicated commitments for displaced women and girls, including refugees, IDPs and others affected by conflict and crisis who are at risk of exclusion. 


Bargaining for Better: Bringing a Feminist Lens to the Grand Bargain 2.0

ActionAid’s recently published policy brief, Bargaining for Better: Bringing a Feminist Lens to the Grand Bargain 2.0 reflects on the five years since the Grand Bargain agreement was signedThe brief focuses on the importance of investing in local women’s leadership, and provides key recommendations on how to best implement the agreement so that it is more effective for women and girls.


Doing Right by Women and Girls in Cox’s Bazar: Gendering Perspectives on Social Cohesion

This Saferworld report examines the gender dynamics of rising tensions within and between host and Rohingya communities in Cox’s Bazar, and reveals how governance structures and humanitarian interventions are, in some cases, fuelling tensions and worsening gender inequality. The report includes recommendations for stakeholders on ways to ensure that women and girls and prioritized in humanitarian programming.


Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: June and July 2021

For June, in which Estonia had the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provided recommendations on the situation in Afghanistan, DRC, Israel/Palestine and Mali. For July, in which France has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in Colombia, Syria, and Yemen.


Policy brief: “The light has disappeared” – Enforced disappearances in Syria and
their impact on children and young people

Enforced disappearances in Syria have been a widespread occurrence since the start of the uprising and outbreak of the conflict. Legal Action Worldwide’s policy brief explores the impact of this on a generation of Syrian children and young people, and provides recommendations that respond to the needs of families and ensure full access to their rights under international law.



RECORDING: Climate justice & conflict: Gender, peace and environmental rights – GAPS event

When: On-demand! To watch the event recording, click here

RECORDING: Generation Equality Forum: an opportunity for governments, multilaterals, and civil society to advance Gender Equality and achieve the SDGs

When: On-demand! To watch the recording of the joint event between the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development, click here


Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF)

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund has multiple open calls for funding proposals in Iraq, Colombia, Burundi, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. You can find more information here.

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund has launched a new Rapid Response Window (RRW) that aims to address the funding gap on women’s participation in peace processes. You can find more information here.

LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security

LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security are welcoming contributions across their four platforms:

International Development Strategy: Call for Evidence

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is inviting people and organisations to submit evidence to inform the UK government’s International Development Strategy. More information including how to get involved is available here

Jobs & Volunteering

ActionAid UK

Gender Equality and Macroeconomics (GEM) Project Lead, (Central London). Apply by 4 August

Amnesty International UK

Grants and Impact Director, (London EC2A / Initially remote).  Apply by 31 August

Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy

Project Manager, (Berlin, Germany). Apply by 1 August

International Alert

Senior Advocacy Officer, (London or the Hague). Apply by 9 August

International Rescue Committee

Associate Director, Product Development and Operational Partnerships. (London). Open

Director, Safety and Security Development, (London, New York, Nairobi or Washington). Open

Strategy Analyst, (London). Open

Senior Strategy Manager (Strategy & Planning), (London). Open

Oxfam GB

Valuing Women’s Work Senior Programme Advisor, (Oxford). Apply by 10 August

Project Manager – Creating Spaces Project, (Indonesia). Apply by 2 August

Advocacy, Campaigns and Media Manager, (Yemen). Open

Plan UK

UK Programmes Partnerships Officer, (London). Apply by 4 August

Senior Programme Manager, (London). Apply by 3 August

Programme Specialist – Education in Emergencies, (London). Apply by 6 August

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