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GAPS Newsletter: May 2019


UN Women Campaign to mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

UN Women has announced a new multi-generational campaign “Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future“. This campaign will mark the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and will bring together the next generations of women’s rights activists with the gender equality advocates who were instrumental in creating the Beijing Platform for Action more than two decades ago. The campaign aims to accelerate efforts to make gender equality and women’s rights a lived reality.

G7 Equality Ministers Declaration

Read the Declaration on Gender Equality signed by the G7 Gender Equality Ministers on Friday 10 May 2019. The declaration recognises that “gender equality is fundamental to the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights” and includes a “call for women’s fair share and meaningful inclusion in all decision-making processes, from political life to peace processes”.

Research & Resources

Supporting local women leaders’ participation in global humanitarian spaces

This guidance note from ActionAid UK responds to recent international commitments to shift the balance of power in humanitarian action from being dominated by international actors to being led by local actors. It seeks to boost the momentum behind steps to ensure gender-responsiveness, not only in ensuring women fairly benefit from humanitarian assistance and are safe from gender-based violence, but also that their leadership is strengthened and their priorities translated into decisions on actions and investments. It draws on the experiences, insights and recommendations of local women leaders who have been directly affected by and led humanitarian response and recovery in communities or who lead organisations involved in building resilience and providing direct services to disaster-affected populations.

The power of feminist programmes to strengthen women’s movements

Womankind Worldwide have published the paper “Stronger Together: The power of feminist programmes to strengthen women’s movements in Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe“. The paper draws on evidence and learning from three projects to better understand Womankind Worldwide’s programmatic approach through project delivery and partnership and to document how women’s movements are strengthened and sustained.

Feminist Realities Toolkit

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) has developed the toolkit “Feminist Realities: Our Power in Action“. AWID identifies Feminist Realities as both current, existing practices that people and groups are forging as well as the ideas, ways of thinking and doing, the proposals that are in the works. Feminist Realities go beyond resisting oppressive systems to demand a different, fairer world. Feminist Realities: affirm human rights; mobilise communities; increase our collective power. Download the toolkit here.


Tackling gender norms through media

Monday 10 June, 14:00-15:30, webinar
This panel debate, hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and ALIGN, critically analyses the power of media as a space for positive change to gender norms, exploring the merits and limitations of different types of mass media. Register to join the event online here.

LSE events

Monday 10 June, 18:30-20:00: A Feminist Perspective of the Syrian Political Process: Return of Displaced Syrians, Reconstruction, and an Engendered Constitution
Hosted by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security, this event marks the launch of policy papers by the Syrian Women’s Political Movement.

Musicians for Peace and Disarmament

Friday 12 July, 19:00, Hinde Street Methodist Church, London, W1U 2QJ
Join pianist Viv McLean for the next concert of Musicians for Peace and Disarmament. The programme includes Beethoven, Chopin, Gershwin and Ravel.

Alliance Conference 2019: Putting gender front and centre

Wednesday 25 September, 09:30-17:00, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Join Scotland’s International Development Alliance to explore practical solutions to creating sustainable, enabling environments for women and girls. Register for the event here.


Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship Programme: The Arts as a Peacebuilding Tool

This fellowship programme will take place in Edinburgh from 18-26 August. The programme is open to applicants from the Middle East and North Africa, and South Asia. The focus is on the use of the arts in general as a peacebuilding tool, with a particular emphasis upon storytelling in all its forms. Find out more about how to apply here. Apply by 4 June 2019.

Professional Development Programme for Gender Trainers

KIT Royal Tropical Institute and the UN Women Training Centre are accepting applications for their Professional Development for Gender Trainers programme, which runs from October 2019 to May 2020. This six-month programme aims to: sharpen training skills and knowledge of gender and development concepts as a gender equality trainer; enable participants to better employ learning and knowledge strategies; support participants to re-claim training for gender equality as a political feminist process; renew participants as a gender equality trainer and their commitment to gender training as a transformative process. Apply by 29 June 2019.


Gender and Development Network:

Network Coordinator, apply by Tuesday 18 June

Women for Women International UK:

Corporate & Grassroots Fundraising Assistant, apply by Sunday 2 June

International Alert:

Policy Officer, apply by Sunday 9 June


Consultancy: conducting a participatory conflict analysis in Nwoya & Adjumani (Uganda), apply by Friday 7 June

EU Policy & Advocacy Officer (Brussels), apply by Monday 10 June

Civil Society Engagement Programme Adviser, apply by Saturday 15 June

International Rescue Committee:

Technical Advisor for Women’s Protection & Empowerment

CARE International UK:

Programme Management Coordinator – Syria, apply by Monday 3 June

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom:

Grants Finance Coordinator (Geneva), applications on a rolling basis

Finance Associate (Geneva), applications on a rolling basis

ActionAid UK:

Senior Technical Adviser: Violence Against Women, apply by Sunday 2 June


Gender policy advisor, apply by Monday 3 June

Safeguarding advisor, apply by Friday 7 June

Call for proposals: partner for women’s leadership events (South Sudan), apply by Thursday 13 June

Consultant: gender justice monitoring, evaluation & learning, apply by Wednesday 5 June

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