GAPS Newsletter: March 2022
Welcome to GAPS March wrap up.
As we witness the devastating developments in Ukraine, GAPS has written a response outlining priorities that the UK Government and the international community must fully consider to ensure the protection of women and girls in Ukraine. You can read our full briefing here.
Following reports of possible aid cuts to key areas of International Development, such as conflict prevention, climate change and global health, and the Foreign Secretary’s prioritisation of women and girls, GAPS has written an open response outlining how cutting funding to these key areas will have a disproportionate impact on women and girls, and urging the Government to develop an International Development Strategy that involves conflict prevention as part of their women and girls strategy.
This month, GAPS continued to attend meetings on the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. GAPS also held the Sexual Violence in Conflict Working Group and attended the Bond Conflict Policy Working Group meetings this month to collaborate with our members and partners.
GAPS held a fantastic event this month in collaboration with NIWEP, GNWP and WRDA where we heard young women from around the world share perspectives on climate change, gender justice and peace and security. You can watch a recording of the event here.
GAPS also held an APPG on Women, Peace and Security event in partnership with the APPG on Yemen and WILPF on peacebuilding in Yemen. You will be able to read about our event on the GAPS website later in April.
Finally, this month GAPS bid farewell to our Director, Maysa Ismael. Eva Tabbasam will be stepping into the role of Acting Director at GAPS as we begin recruitment for a permanent role. More information about this will be released in due course.
Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: March 2022
For March, in which United Arab Emirates has the presidency of the UN Security Council, the MAP provides recommendations on the situations in the Afghanistan, Libya and South Sudan.
Lessons for a feminist Covid-19 economic recovery: Multi-country perspectives
The report by the Gender and Development Network brings together women’s rights organisations and feminist consultants from four countries to analyse, reflect and provide lessons learnt from the impact of the pandemic and their government’s response.
“No one hears our voices”: Situational assessment and recommended actions based on the perspectives and experiences of Afghan women.
Situational assessment and recommended actions based on the perspectives and experiences of Afghan women. The report by Women for Women International follows interviews with Afghan women about their experiences, challenges and support mechanisms.
Women Speak: The Lived Nexus between Climate, Gender and Security
This project by DCAF brings women’s voices in to develop analysis of the connections between security sector reform and governance and climate and approaches to environmental peacebuilding in Mali, Yemen and Colombia.
In case you missed it
Over 200 NGOs have signed an open letter to the Foreign Secretary after reports that conflict prevention, climate change and global health would be deprioritised in the International Development Strategy. Read here.
Representatives from GAPS Members Care International, Plan International and Women for Women gave evidence at the International Development Committee on the future of UK Aid cuts for women and girls. Watch it back here.
Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy is hosting a Feminist Foreign Policy Summit in partnership with the governments of Canada, Sweden, Mexico, and Switzerland, over 15 leading civil society organisations. Find out more and register here.
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