APPG on Women, Peace and Security hosts the UK Government’s annual report to Parliament in 2018

On Monday 21 January 2019 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 2018 on the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Department for International Development (DFID) presented their progress in the implementation of the UK’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (UK NAP) 2018-2022. GAPS launched its Shadow Report, “Assessing UK Government Action in 2018“.

Baroness Fiona Hodgson of Abinger CBE, Co-Chair of the APPG-WPS, opened the event. Baroness Hodsgon reflected on the significance of 2018 as the first year of the implementation of the UK NAP 2018-2022, an opportunity for the UK government to demonstrate its commitment to the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, FCO Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, spoke on the importance of cross-government working to the successful implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Lord Ahmad also noted the shrinking civil society space, particularly for women and girls, and emphasised the UK government’s commitment to delivering for women and girls affected by conflict. The new network of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth, hosted by GAPS member Conciliation Resources and funded by the UK government, is one such initiative.

Secretary of State for the MOD, the Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP, outlined how human security is at the centre of the MOD’s work, for example through the newly launched Joint Services Publication 1325: Human security in military operations and the inaugural Military Gender and Protection Advisers course held at the Defence Academy in 2018. The Secretary of State finished his report with a commitment to embrace Women, Peace and Security as fundamental to the MOD’s work and to the ability to make a difference on the ground.

The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for DFID, noted that the promotion of the Women, Peace and Security agenda is a global priority for the UK government. Minister Burt highlighted the UK government’s commitment to gender equality and the fulfilment of women and girls’ rights, including through: political participation; economic empowerment; and ending and responding to violence against women and girls.

Hannah Bond, GAPS Director, presented the GAPS network’s Shadow Report for 2018. Hannah welcomed the positive steps taken by the UK government in the development and implementation of 2018-2022 UK NAP. Hannah called for the UK government to prioritise the rights, needs and experiences of women and girls affected by conflict through meaningful consultations and engagement with women and women’s rights organisations, including with women displaced by conflict. Hannah noted the importance of accessible, long-term, core and flexible funding for women’s rights organisations in order to support their vital work in service delivery and conflict prevention. Other key recommendations from the Shadow Report include the need to: track Women, Peace and Security spending; meet international arms control commitments; address the root causes and drivers of gender inequality, violence and conflict; and establish a monitoring and evaluation framework for the UK NAP that includes reporting on impact indicators.

Baroness Hodgson closed the event, welcoming the GAPS Shadow Report and thanking the three UK government departments for their presentations.

Special thanks to Rosy Cave, Head of the Gender Equality Unit and of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict at the FCO, for representing Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on the panel during a brief absence to attend to Parliamentary business.

APPG on Women, Peace and Security hosts the UK Government’s annual report to Parliament in 2018

On Monday 21 January 2019 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 2018 on the UK National Action Plan on Read More

Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2018

In this shadow report, GAPS assesses the 2018 Annual Report to Parliament by the UK Government and focuses on how the UK Government has used, and could have used, the first year of implementation for this National Action Plan (NAP) to lay a strong foundation for the full five years of the NAP.

While the inward-looking Strategic Outcome 7 on UK Government capabilities is particularly welcome, there remains considerable room for progress. It is vital that the UK Government scales up its Women, Peace and Security efforts, including on: funding for Women, Peace and Security, in particular for women’s rights organisations, women human rights defenders and peacebuilders; addressing the root causes and drives of gender inequality, violence and conflict; meeting arms control commitments; domestic implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda; and community-based peacebuilding.

This report builds on and complements the GAPS’s six-month check-in on the NAP and the Shadow Report for 2017, among others.

Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2018

In this shadow report, GAPS assesses the 2018 Annual Report to Parliament by the UK Government and focuses on how the UK Government has used, and could have used, the first year of implementation for this National Action Plan (NAP) to Read More

GAPS Newsletter: December 2018

Updates

Hannah Bond, GAPS Director is an Interruptor on Women, Peace and Security!

Last month, GAPS Director Hannah Bond was included on Foreign Policy Interrupted’s list of “Interruptors on Women, Peace and Security“! Foreign Policy Interrupted puts these lists together to highlight women’s expertise on foreign policy issues. It is great to see our Director and so many brilliant colleagues recognised here for their knowledge and experience in working for women and girls’ rights in conflict-affected contexts.

LAW lodges Landmark Case against the Government of South Sudan for sexual violence against South Sudanese women and girls

On 6 December 2018, Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) lodged the first case against the Government of South Sudan for sexual violence against 30 South Sudanese women and girls by members of the South Sudan army and the Presidential Guard. The complaint outlines brutal sexual violence, including sexual slavery, sexual torture, rape and gang rape against women and girls during attacks on their villages and whilst they fled the violence from June 2016 to September 2017. Tens of thousands of women and girls have suffered from rape in South Sudan – which has been used as a weapon of war against the civilian population.

The case has been lodged at the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva.  Due to serious concerns for their safety, LAW has requested that the UN Committee protect their full identities during the consideration of their case. Learn more about the Communication and LAW’s work here.  

Council of the European Union adopts Women, Peace and Security conclusions

On Monday 10 December, the International Day for Human Rights, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on Women, Peace and Security and welcomed the new EU Strategic Approach on Women, Peace and Security. Read more here.


Events

LSE public lectures:

Giving Peace a Chance: from the League of Nations to Greenham Common, Monday 14 January 2019

War, Tuesday 15 January 2019

The Empire’s New Clothes: thinking about the Commonwealth in the era of Brexit, Thursday 17 January 2019

Nationalism, Development and Ethnic Conflict in Sri Lanka, Tuesday 22 January 2019

Generations of Feminism?, Wednesday 23 January 2019

Europe’s Response to the Challenge of Migration and Security, Wednesday 23 January 2019

The Politics of Memorials, Tuesday 29 January 2019

In Memory of Naomi Hersi: the impalpable lives and history of queer and trans and intersex people of colour, Monday 4 February 2019


Research and resources

Gender and Inequalities

GAPS Director Hannah Bond, Abigail Hunt and Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng have co-authored a chapter in the recently published Gender and Inequalities, edited by Professor Naila Kabeer and Caroline Sweetman, and published by Practical Action Publishing.

The chapter – “Bridging inequalities in inclusion: Women’s rights organisations as the ‘missing link’ in donor government-led participatory policy and programme development” – focuses on the multiple inequalities faced by women’s rights groups in conflict-affected contexts as they are shut out of donor-driven agendas.

Towards a feminist UN Security Council

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has launched its Guidance Note: Towards a Feminist Security Council.

The goal is to accelerate the UN Security Council’s implementation of peace and security that works for and includes women, and that meets commitments under Women, Peace and Security.

The Guidance Note builds on the UN Charter and addresses the longstanding gender bias in the UN Security Council and its work. It builds on good practices and provides concrete recommendations on how to implement the UN Security Council’s mandate to support a shift from crisis response towards upstream conflict prevention and sustaining peace based on women’s participation, protection and rights.

Masculinities, gender, peace and security in Myanmar

International Alert has published the report Behind the masks: Masculinities, gender, peace and security in Myanmar

This report aims to analyse conflict, armed actors and peacebuilding efforts from a comprehensive gender analysis perspective, considering the different impacts of conflict on women, men and those with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities (SOGI) in Myanmar.

This is the first report in our series on masculinities in Myanmar. The second, Pulling the strings, looks at the implications of masculinities for gender and social conflict in the country.

Ending online violence and abuse against women’s rights activists

The briefing Breaking the Silence: Ending online violence and abuse against women’s rights activists from Womankind Worldwide aims to highlight women’s rights activists’ and feminists’ experiences of online violence and abuse across a number of Womankind’s focus countries, particularly Zimbabwe,Nepal and Kenya. It looks at the impact this abuse is having on women, particularly the psychological harm and distress it causes survivors and how the abuse is resulting in women self-censoring what they say online. It also looks at the support women receive from other feminists, the barriers they face in accessing justice and the effectiveness of responses from governments, law enforcement, and internet and social media companies.

In the briefing Womankind set out a series of policy recommendations for state and non-state actors and call for a multi-stakeholder approach to eliminating online violence and abuse against women and countering the silencing of women online.

Girls’ rights are global

Plan International UK has launched a 10 Point Plan for Adolescent Girls, identifying key areas of action to advance girls’ rights. The report urges the UK government and Parliamentarians to continue to work together, in partnership with civil society, businesses and others, to drive forward efforts to make the commitment to girls’ rights a reality.

Young feminisms

The November 2018 edition of Gender & Development features the voices and views of young feminists involved in today’s new social movements, spanning both on- and off-line.

Monitoring of the gender perspective in the implementation of the Colombian Final Peace Accord

The Special Report of the Kroc Institute and the International Accompaniment Component, UN Women, Women’s International Democratic Federation and the Embassy of Sweden  presents an analysis of the implementation process of the gender perspective in the Final Agreement to End the Armed Conflict and Build a Stable and Lasting Peace between December 2016 and June 2018. This report presents recommendations on specific issues such as the inclusion and definition of differential measures in bills that have yet to be presented, processed, and implemented, and institutional strengthening that allows information disaggregated by sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation to be obtained to inform the creation and implementation of public policies with a gender perspective.

UK government Annual Report to Parliament on Women, Peace and Security, 2018

The first report for the current UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2018 to 2022 (NAP) reviews UK government progress in delivering commitments over 2018. It forms part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK government’s foreign policy consciously and consistently protects and includes women and girls. It was laid in Parliament with a written ministerial statement by the Foreign Secretary.

The report provides an update on how the UK government is implementing the 2018-2022 NAP. It captures how the UK government will meet its commitments under UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The report focuses on how the UK government is implementing Women, Peace and Security in the 9 focus countries: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Syria.

Humanitarian global risk analysis

ACAPS have produced a Global Risk Analysis for January-September 2019 outlining 18 contexts where a significant deterioration is expected to occur within the next six to nine months, leading to a spike in humanitarian needs.


Call for participation

Write for Rights 2018

Amnesty’s historic campaign Write for Rights is open until end of December. They run this campaign every year because they know it works. Show solidarity with 12 incredible women human rights defenders standing up against violence, for LGBTI rights, against corporate power and state repression. By taking part in Write for Rights you’ll join others demanding justice for Marielle Franco, a black lesbian councillor who worked tirelessly to support the most marginalised in Rio de Janeiro, she was killed on 14th March 2018 and no one has been charged for her murder. You will stand side by side with Pavitri Manjhi who is standing up to big companies seeking to remover her Adivasi community from their ancestral land. Read about all the cases here and find all information here.


Jobs

Women for Women International UK:

Programme Funding & Partnerships Manager, apply by Wednesday 2 January

Womankind Worldwide:

Volunteer: Community Fundraising, apply by Wednesday 2 January

WILPF International:

MENA Associate, apply by Monday 7 January

International Alert:

Senior Digital Engagement Officer, apply by Sunday 6 January

Saferworld:

Gender and Gender-Based Violence Adviser (Bangladesh), apply by Monday 31 December

Conciliation Resources:

Programme Director: Smart Peace, apply by Wednesday 2 January

Senior Advisor, Gender & Peacebuilding, apply by Tuesday 22 January

Gender & Youth Advisor, apply by Friday 18 January

International Rescue Committee:

Senior Program Development Advisor

CARE International UK:

Humanitarian Programme Funding Coordinator, apply by Friday 28 December

Consultants for Women’s Economic Empowerment roster, applications reviewed when receivedC

ActionAid UK:

Senior Technical Adviser: Women’s Rights, apply by Monday 7 January

Senior Technical Specialist: Adolescent Girls’ programming, apply by Monday 7 January

Oxfam:

Policy & Advocacy Officer, apply by Friday 4 January

Head of Humanitarian Campaigns & Advocacy, apply by Friday 25 January

Crisis Action:

Communications Director, apply by Tuesday 1 January


GAPS and the APPG-WPS

On Thursday 29 November, the APPG on Women, Peace and Security, jointly with GAPS and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), hosted the event “Invest in Trust, Invest in Women: Supporting local knowledge and experiences through equal partnerships and innovation”. The meeting was chaired by Baroness Hodgson of Abinger, Co-Chair of the APPG on Women, Peace and Security. Ms Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Founder and Executive Director of ICAN, opened the panel discussion on the importance of supporting independent, locally-rooted women’s organisations in fragile and conflict-affected contexts. Also on the panel were: Ms Shahrazad Magrabi, Co-Founder and Director of Libyan Women Forum; Ms Ghada Rifai, Co-Founder of Mobaderoon Network in Syria; and Ms Helen Thompson, Head of Humanitarian Programmes at CARE International UK. Read ICAN’s report of the event here.

GAPS provides the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS). The APPG-WPS holds events throughout the year that explore the situation for Women, Peace and Security around the world through thematic or country focuses. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events through the APPG-WPS, please inform us at appg-wps@gaps-uk.org.

GAPS Newsletter: December 2018

Updates Hannah Bond, GAPS Director is an Interruptor on Women, Peace and Security! Last month, GAPS Director Hannah Bond was included on Foreign Policy Interrupted’s list of “Interruptors on Women, Peace and Security“! Foreign Policy Interrupted puts these lists together Read More

GAPS Newsletter: October 2018

Updates

18th anniversary of UNSCR 1325

Today we celebrate 18 years since the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325!

At this year’s Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, the UN Security Council heard from a Palestinian woman for the first time: Randa Siniora, Head of the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling. Read her statement here.

Read the UN Secretary General’s report on Women, Peace and Security here.

Legal Action Worldwide joins GAPS

We are delighted that Legal Action Worldwide (LAW) is the newest member organisation of the Gender Action for Peace and Security network! LAW provides innovative legal assistance to the least represented people in fragile and conflict-affected states. Read more about their work here.


Events

Discussion on the WPS Index at the House of Lords

On Thursday 1 November at 1pm The Henry Jackson Society is hosting a discussion with Dr Jeni Klugman on the Women, Peace and Security Index launched last year. See here for further details.

LSE public lectures:

Realising Aspirations? Gender, Ethnicity and Job Inequalities, Thursday 8 November

Human Rights and Climate Change, Thursday 8 November

The Story of Scottish Women’s Hospitals, Friday 9 November

Make A Stand!, Monday 12 November – Friday 14 December

The Global Gag Rule and Women’s Reproductive Health, Monday 12 November

Translating Feminism in National and Transnational Spaces: women’s movements around 1900, Tuesday 27 November

From pillars to practice: pushing the boundaries of “Women, Peace and Security”, Thursday 29 November

Rethinking human rights: a southern response to western critics, Monday 10 December


Research and resources

VAWG, statebuilding and peacebuilding

The Global Women’s Institute and GAPS members CARE and the International Rescue Committee’s have published their report “Intersections of violence against women and girls with state-building and peace-building: lessons from Nepal, Sierra Leone and South Sudan“, part of DFID’s What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls programme. This report identifies and explores the linkages and interconnections between VAWG and statebuilding and peacebuilding processes in three contexts. It is hoped that findings will inform future conflict and post-conflict statebuilding and peacebuilding processes to ensure they are more effective at addressing forms of VAWG that act as barriers to peace and stability.

Women’s participation in formal and informal peace talks

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security has published a policy brief, “Connecting Informal and Formal Peace Talks“. This brief looks at current practices and advances in mediation, including the role of women mediators and emerging women’s mediation networks, and offers recommendations for better incorporating the informal roles that women play in the formal peace processes.

Human rights defenders

Read the 2018 report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders here.

Widows and social protection

Widows for Peace through Democracy have released a statement for the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Read it here.

Inclusive ceasefires

Read Inclusive Security’s new publication “Inclusive Ceasefires: Women, Gender, and a Sustainable End to Violence“. In this report, Inclusive Security analyses two case studies – the 2014 South Sudanese Cessation of Hostilities Agreement and the 2015 Myanmar Nationwide Ceasefire agreement, along with the sparse literature on women, gender, and ceasefires – to emphasise the benefits of women’s inclusion in ceasefires.

Global Disability Summit

Read the official readout of the Global Disability Summit held on 24 July 2018 with summaries of the plenary sessions and spotlight sessions.

WPS training resources

Inclusive Security have launched an expanded set of free online training resources on Women, Peace and Security available here.


Calls for participation and opportunities

CSW 63

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019. The theme for 2019 is “Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls”.


Jobs

Womankind Worldwide:

Consultant for final project evaluation in Ethiopia, apply by Friday 2 November

Saferworld:

Yemen Project Coordinator, apply by Wednesday 7 November

Consortium Team Leader – women’s empowerment & social cohesion Cox’s Bazaar, apply by Sunday 11 November

Programme Manager Cox’s Bazaar, apply by Sunday 11 November

International Alert:

Senior Projects Development Officer EMENA, apply by Wednesday 14 November

CARE International UK:

Programme and Policy Executive Director, apply by Thursday 15 November

Consultants for Women’s Economic Empowerment roster, applications reviewed when received

World Vision UK:

Humanitarian Learning and Development Adviser, apply by Saturday 10 November

Senior Campaigns Adviser, apply by Sunday 11 November

Plan International UK:

Director of Communications, Campaigns and UK Programmes, apply by Wednesday 21 November


GAPS and the APPG-WPS

On Tuesday 30 October, the APPG on Women, Peace and Security hosted the UK launch of the Women’s Regional Network report “The Cycle of Struggle: A human security perspective on Afghanistan’s IDP women“. The findings of the report were presented by Barin Sultani Haymon, author of the report and independent consultant for the Women’s Regional Network. Also on the panel were: Mandana Hendessi, Senior Technical Adviser on Women, Peace and Security at ActionAid UK; Miriam Lopez-Villegas, Shelter Adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council; and Hanif Ahmadzai, Political Counsellor at the Afghan Embassy in London.

GAPS provides the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS). The APPG-WPS holds events throughout the year that explore the situation for Women, Peace and Security around the world through thematic or country focuses. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events through the APPG-WPS, please inform us at appg-wps@gaps-uk.org.

GAPS Newsletter: October 2018

Updates 18th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 Today we celebrate 18 years since the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325! At this year’s Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, the UN Security Council heard from a Palestinian woman for Read More

GAPS Newsletter: September 2018

Events

Exploring the intersections of violence against women and girls and statebuilding and peacebuilding: lessons from Nepal, Sierra Leone and South Sudan

10:30-12:00, Friday 28 September 2018
The Goldsmith’s Centre, London

This event launches a study on gaps in evidence and understanding on violence against women and girls during post-conflict transition.

Revolution in the making

6-7 October 2018
Frankfurt

Join Network Women Weaving the Future for their first international women’s conference.

Young diaspora matters! Women for Peace and Participation

10:30-14:30, Monday 15 October 2018
LSE, London

This event aims to initiate a dialogue around the inclusion of young women in diaspora groups in discussions on Women, Peace and Security. Contact info@womenpp.org if you are interested in attending the event.

Black British Feminist: past, present and future

18:00-20:00, Tuesday 16 October 2018
Hong Kong Lecture Theatre, LSE, London

Join the LSE Library for a roundtable discussion with academics, activists, writers and politicians reflecting on Black British Feminism.
Speakers: Dawn Butler MP & Dr Suki Ali
Chair: Dr Imaobong Umoren

Looking beyond stereotypes of leadership

19:00, Wednesday 17 October 2018
Bush House, London

This Global Institute for Women’s Leadership event explores the barriers and challenges for women in accessing leadership roles.
Speakers: Jess Phillips MP & Yvette Williams MBE
Chair: Julia Gillard

FiLiA Feminist Conference 2018

20-21 October 2018
Salford, Greater Manchester

The FiLiA 2018 conference brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism.

 


Updates

United Nations Security Council briefing on South Sudan

Grace John Kenyi Geri, from the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO), briefed the UN Security Council on South Sudan from a civil society perspective on 18 September 2018. Read her statement here.

CEDAW & Office of the UNSG Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict

The CEDAW Committee and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict signed a Cooperation Framework on 20 July 2018. The Cooperation Framework aims to advance the rights of women and girls by combating conflict-related sexual violence and supporting the relevant WPS UNSC resolutions.

Women, Peace and Security in Nepal

Nepali civil society is preparing for the Shadow Report on the Implementation of Nepal’s National Action Plan and other policies on WPS.


Calls for participation and opportunities

Women Mediators across the Commonwealth

A new network of women mediators spanning the globe is now seeking applications from prospective members! Coordinated by Conciliation Resources, WMC is a platform for the peer-to-peer exchange and learning of women mediators across Commonwealth countries. Membership is open to any women who are involved in mediation in the community, national, regional or global level; who are interested in sharing their experiences and expertise; and who are citizens of a Commonwealth country. The first deadline for applications is Friday 5 October 2018.

Gender & Development Journal

The Gender and Development journal is seeking contributions for its next edition examining the theme of humanitarian action and crisis response through the lens of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This edition will be co-edited by UN Women in collaboration with its Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response Office.

Please send a paragraph outlining your proposal for an article in an email (no attachments) to Caroline Sweetman (csweetman@oxfam.org.uk) by 30 September 2018.


Research and resources

Afghan women police

Oxfam and the Women and Peace Studies Organisation have launched the report “Afghan Women Police: Tomorrow’s force for inclusive security“. It includes assessment of the implementation of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Strengthening synergies between CEDAW and the WPS resolutions

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders has published a poilcy brief contributing to the discussions on synergies between CEDAW and the Women, Peace and Security resolutions, including analysis on the monitoring, reporting and implementation of both frameworks.

Adolescent girls in the Lake Chad Basin

Plan International has launched a report highlighting the sites of insecurity for adolescent girls, as well as the ways in which they respond to and continue to strive towards building safer communities for themselves and those around them.

Sweden’s feminist foreign policy handbook

This handbook is a resource for international work relating to gender equality and all women’s and girls’ full enjoyment of human rights.

WPS training resources

Inclusive Security have launched an expanded set of free online training resources on Women, Peace and Security available here.


Jobs

Women for Women International UK:

HR & Operations manager, apply by Sunday 23 September

Director: Women for Women International Germany, apply by Monday 1 October

Administrative Assistant: Women for Women International Germany, apply by Monday 1 October

Saferworld:

Tajikistan Project Coordinator, apply by Friday 28 September

Sudan Country Manager, apply by Sunday 7 October

International Alert:

Director of Peacebuilding – Global, apply by Wednesday 17 October

Conciliation Resources:

Programme Director – Smart Peace, apply by Monday 8 October

Horn of Africa Project Manager, apply by Friday 5 October

Plan International UK:

Programme Development Specialist, apply by Monday 24 September

ActionAid UK:

Receptionist/COO Assistant, apply by Sunday 30 September

IATI Specialist, apply by Sunday 30 September

Interim Deputy Director of Humanitarian Policy & Practice, apply by Sunday 30 September

Senior Specialist: Programme Quality and Assurance, apply by Sunday 23 September

Departmental Officer: Policy, Advocacy & Programmes, apply by Sunday 23 September

Deputy Director of Advocacy, apply by Sunday 23 September

World Vision:

MEAL Adviser, apply by Sunday 7 October

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom:

Finance Manager, Geneva, apply by Sunday 23 September

Oxfam:

Programme Manager, Yemen, apply by Sunday 30 September

Advocacy & Campaign Lead, Thailand, apply by Sunday 23 September

Consultant for Research in Youth Participation in Development in Kibondo District, Tanzania, apply by Wednesday 3 October

Communications Officer: GRAISEA, apply by Sunday 23 September

Humanitarian Programme Adviser, Myanmar, apply by Monday 1 October

MEAL Officer, Thailand, apply by Wednesday 10 October

Project Manager, Ethiopia, apply by Saturday 29 September

Senior Gender Integration Officer, Bangladesh, apply by Sunday 30 September

Technical Adviser: Women’s Empowerment & Family Promotion, apply by Sunday 30 September


GAPS and the APPG-WPS

GAPS provides the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS). The APPG-WPS holds events throughout the year that explore the situation for Women, Peace and Security around the world through thematic or country focuses. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events through the APPG-WPS, please inform us at appg-wps@gaps-uk.org.

GAPS Newsletter: September 2018

Events Exploring the intersections of violence against women and girls and statebuilding and peacebuilding: lessons from Nepal, Sierra Leone and South Sudan 10:30-12:00, Friday 28 September 2018 The Goldsmith’s Centre, London This event launches a study on gaps in evidence and Read More

GAPS Newsletter: July 2018

Events

FiLiA Feminist Conference 2018

20-21 October 2018
Salford, Greater Manchester

The FiLiA 2018 conference brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism.

What’s feminism got to do with it?

Thursday 6 September 2018, 09:30-15:00
School of Economic Science, 11 Mandeville Place, London, W1U 3AJ

Join The Women’s Resource Centre at this London-focused event to explore feminism’s role in civil society and tackling violence against women and girls.


Calls for participation and opportunities

Call for Evidence – “Beyond Consultations” Project

GAPS, Women for Women International, Saferworld, Amnesty UK and Womankind Worldwide are conducting a research study titled “Beyond Consultations” looking at what constitutes meaningful participation/engagement with women human rights defenders and organisations, and how ongoing dialogues and one-off consultations can be done in fragile and conflict-affected states. The project will produce toolkits for meaningful consultation and analysis. We are really interested in your help to support a call for evidence of good practice examples where meaningful participation and consultations with women in FCAS has been done well and resulted in positive outcomes for the community. Please share examples of toolkits, guidance, frameworks, approaches or any other resources that governments, donors and INGOs in FCAS have used to listen to or meaningful connect with women they seek to support through their policy and advocacy work by Friday 31 August. Please contact Frances (frances@paperboat.org.uk) if you would like to speak to anyone in more detail about the research or if you have more valuable insights to share and would like to be more involved in the project.

Gender with Age Marker Training

You are invited to a practical session to learn about and use the revised Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender with Age Marker which will be facilitated by a trainer from GenCap at Plan International UK offices.

Please email Keren Simons (keren.simons@plan-uk.org) to register for either of the following sessions on Monday 6 August 2018: Session 1, 09:30-12:30; Session 2, 14:00-17:00.

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders – Sustaining Peace

Join the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) survey on sustaining peace in 15 countries: Afghanistan; Bangladesh; Burundi; Canada; Colombia; Liberia; Libya; Mali; Mexico; the Philippines; Sierra Leone; South Sudan; Sweden; Syria; Ukraine.

This is a unique opportunity to bring local women’s voices, perspectives and experiences to the global policy discussions and on-the-ground work to achieve Sustainable Peace.
Provide your responses by Friday 31 August 2018.

Gender & Development Journal

The Gender and Development journal is seeking contributions for its next edition examining the theme of humanitarian action and crisis response through the lens of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This edition will be co-edited by UN Women in collaboration with its Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response Office.

Please send a paragraph outlining your proposal for an article in an email (no attachments) to Caroline Sweetman (csweetman@oxfam.org.uk) by 30 September 2018.


Research and resources

Written submission to Foreign Affairs Committee on FCO’s human rights work

Read the written evidence from Amnesty International UK, including on behalf of GAPS, submitted to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s inquiry.

Gender inclusion and peacebuilding

Conciliation Resources has launched two reports on the importance of gender inclusion to peacebuilding and how international and national actors can support it effectively. The report “Inclusion of gender and sexual minorities in peacebuilding” draws on case studies from Colombia and Nigeria and explores the barriers to, and benefits of, meaningful participation of gender and sexual minorities in peace processes. The report “Gendered political settlements” explores how gender inclusion is negotiated in elite-led peace processes and political settlements based on the analysis of three contexts: Bougainville, Nepal and Colombia.

Critical assessment of Afghanistan’s NAP

The Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organisation has published its assessment examining progress toward implementing Afghanistan’s NAP with a focus on the budgeting process for implementation.

Gender & Development Journal

The July 2018 issue of Gender and Development focuses on information and communications technologies (ICTs) from the perspective of women’s rights and gender justice.

WPS training resources

Inclusive Security have launched an expanded set of free online training resources on Women, Peace and Security available here.

Women as peacebuilders in Yemen

This research on women, conflict and peacebuilding in Yemen sought to build a detailed local picture of how women are affected by conflict and how they are engaging in conflict prevention, peace and stability activities to make recommendations for how external actors can provide support. The research was implemented by Social Development Direct with the Yemen Polling Centre and funded by the UK’s Conflict, Security and Stability Fund.


Jobs

Womankind Worldwide:

Philanthropy Manager, apply by Tuesday 7 August

Policy & Programmes Officer, apply by Wednesday 8 August

Director of Policy & Communications, apply by Sunday 19 August

Women for Women International UK:

Fundraising & Marketing Assistant, apply by Sunday 5 August

Director – Women for Women International DE, based in Germany, apply by Sunday 19 August

Saferworld:

Yemen Programme Manager, apply by Sunday 5 August

Yemen Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Adviser, based in Yemen, apply by Sunday 12 August

Partnerships Development Manager, based in South Sudan, apply by Wednesday 22 August

International Rescue Committee:

Project Manager, apply by Monday 6 August

ActionAid UK:

Project Manager: Programme Quality & Assurance Procedures Development, apply by Thursday 2 August

Plan International UK:

Policy & Advocacy Advisor: Humanitarian, apply by Monday 20 August

Public Affairs Officer, apply by Monday 13 August

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Specialist, apply by Monday 6 August

World Vision UK:

Senior Child Protection Programmes Adviser, apply by Friday 24 August

Oxfam:

Gender Team Leader, based in Bangladesh, apply by Monday 6 August


GAPS and the APPG-WPS

GAPS provides the Secretariat for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS). The APPG-WPS holds events throughout the year that explore the situation for Women, Peace and Security around the world through thematic or country focuses. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events through the APPG-WPS, please inform us at appg-wps@gaps-uk.org.

GAPS Newsletter: July 2018

Events FiLiA Feminist Conference 2018 20-21 October 2018 Salford, Greater Manchester The FiLiA 2018 conference brings together sisters taking down patriarchy, fighting injustices across the world, fighting violence towards women, pay disparity, discrimination against refugees, racism, classism. What’s feminism got Read More

APPG on Women, Peace and Security: Women in Yemen’s War

On Wednesday 18 July 2018 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security co-hosted the event “Women in Yemen’s war”. The panel discussion focused on the gendered impacts of the conflict with particular attention to how women are affected. Areas of discussion included: women’s access to health services; the secondary and tertiary gendered impacts of the use of explosive weapons in populated areas; the resilience of women’s rights organisations operating in conflict-affected contexts; and supporting women’s livelihoods and economic justice in conflict. Baroness Hodgson of Abinger – Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security – and the Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP – Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Yemen – co-chaired the event.

Speakers at the event included: Laurie Lee, Chief Executive of CARE International UK; Laila Alodaat, MENA Director at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; Marwa Baabbad, a Fellow at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security; Fionna Smyth, Head of Humanitarian Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Oxfam; and Hanna Quassim, Director of Adalah Yemen.

 

APPG on Women, Peace and Security: Women in Yemen’s War

On Wednesday 18 July 2018 the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Yemen and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security co-hosted the event “Women in Yemen’s war”. The panel discussion focused on the gendered impacts of the conflict with Read More

UK National Action Plan: GAPS Six Month Check-In

In January 2018 GAPS welcomed the UK Government’s latest, fourth National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. Exactly six months on, GAPS is launching the GAPS NAP Six Month Check-In, our response to the 2018-2022 NAP. The response outlines GAPS’s reflections both on the NAP itself and its implementation, including the ongoing development of the UK Government’s Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plan.

GAPS remains encouraged by the process in developing the NAP, particularly the consultative nature of it. GAPS welcomes the cross-government approach, senior support and dedication of the team developing the NAP. GAPS believes that the omission of an MEL framework during drafting of the NAP was a missed opportunity, but is encouraged by discussions on its development since the launch and is looking forward to a robust NAP MEL framework. GAPS will continue to encourage the UK Government to increase funding for Women, Peace and Security and to support Women’s Rights Organisations, Women Human Rights Defenders, peacebuilders and Civil Society Organisations in Fragile and Conflict Affected States. GAPS will also continue to support the UK Government in strengthening its focus on the prevention pillar of Women, Peace and Security to move towards a comprehensive approach to conflict prevention.

UK National Action Plan: GAPS Six Month Check-In

In January 2018 GAPS welcomed the UK Government’s latest, fourth National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. Exactly six months on, GAPS is launching the GAPS NAP Six Month Check-In, our response to the 2018-2022 NAP. The response outlines GAPS’s reflections both Read More

APPG on Women, Peace and Security: Sexual violence in conflict in Nigeria and Somalia

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS), in collaboration with the Nigeria INGO Forum and the Somalia NGO Consortium, organised the panel discussion Sexual violence in conflict: Reclaiming women’s agency through law, policy and practice to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (19 June). Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE, Co-Chair of the APPG-WPS, chaired the discussion with representatives from civil society based in Somalia and Nigeria, the UK government, and a global legal expert. Using north-east Nigeria and Somalia as examples of protracted conflicts, the panellists explored and discussed best practices of programming and legislation that offer meaningful support to empower women to be their own agents of change. Baroness Hodgson called attention to the entrenched patriarchy and targeted violence against women and girls in both conflict settings. Welcoming the continuous efforts of the UK government to address sexual violence in conflict and in their role as penholder at the UN on the Women, Peace and Security agenda, the panellists focused their key asks to the UK government. The discussion was lively and informative with Rosy Cave from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office taking stock of the needs and gaps as highlighted by field colleagues and reiterating the UK government’s willingness to engage all actors and continue prioritising gender equality in protracted conflicts.

Somalia

Halima Adan from Save Somali Women and Children outlined the current weak legal and policy framework in Somalia, the deeply patriarchal culture and how customary law stigmatises gender-based violence survivors resulting in low levels of reporting and ability to seek services. Due to poor infrastructure and site planning, 2.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) live in congested camps with limited access to basic services. Woman are economically disempowered and, in general, there are not enough specialised facilities to deal with survivors. Somalia is perceived as a humanitarian crisis which hinders the delivery of long-term sustainable funding. Much of the gender-based violence programming does not span for more than a year, sometimes resulting in specialised facilities being shut down.

Adan focused on best practices of legislation and programming. The Somali Sexual Offences Bill – passed in Cabinet in May 2018 and awaiting Parliamentary enactment – is a critical step towards furthering the protection and promotion of women and girls. It is context specific, was drafted by Somali lawyers with international technical support, and was led by the Somali government and civil society. Adan asked that the UK government supports the enactment of the Somali Sexual Offences Bill and Somalia’s ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Adan noted the best practice of the comprehensive one-stop model where women survivors of sexual violence can receive multi-faceted support. This reduces the re-traumatisation of the survivor and creates conditions for continued support. The UK government’s Department for International Development is not currently funding this model despite its clear advantages. Five one-stop centres and three safe houses are funded by the United States government. Multi-year funding and specific programming on gender equality and social norms are also key to the prevention of sexual violence in conflict.

Nigeria

Joe Read from CARE USA introduced the importance of understanding Nigeria in its regional context: the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin. The nine-year violent conflict between non-state armed actors commonly known as ‘Boko Haram’ and the Nigerian Armed Forces has exacerbated existing poverty and patriarchy. Women experience profound political, economic and social exclusion in the Sahel, and sexual violence in conflict is a key feature of the crisis. Women and girls are abused by all parties to the conflict. ‘Boko Haram’ use women and girls as person-borne improvised explosive devices (PBIEDs). Read emphasised the failure of the humanitarian community and the need to take collective responsibility. Local women’s rights organisations are delivering gender-responsive programming in their communities, but they need international support. However, the international response continues to view protection as an add-on rather than a key feature of humanitarian assistance. For example, Nigerian humanitarian response has scaled up since 2014 but the protection sector remains massively underfunded at 8%, with 1.7% for gender-based violence protection and almost 3% for child protection. Read also highlighted the need for high-level political action and the adoption of the Protection of Civilians Policy in Nigeria to ensure accountability.

International legal perspective

Antonia Mulvey, the founder and Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), outlined existing global legal frameworks to further the protection of women and girls and their promotion of their rights, including: the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Istanbul Protocol and the Maputo Protocol. Mulvey noted the slowness and ineffectiveness of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the lack of political will of the International Criminal Court. From Mulvey’s experience in collecting hundreds of testimonies across Uganda, South Sudan, Somalia and Myanmar, survivors want justice. Although the state has the primary obligation for the protection of human rights, in most cases sexual violence cannot be reported or investigated because there is no legal framework in place. Highlighting the importance of legislation, Mulvey gave the example of over 100 prosecutions since the enactment of the Sexual Offences Bill in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mulvey argued against the opinion that legislation cannot be passed in conflict contexts. However, badly drafted legislation can lead to worse outcomes for survivors, including their arrest. Implementation of contextually relevant, precise, concise and specific legislation is key, and requires buy-in from government and civil society. The Somali Sexual Offences Bill, for example, has specific clauses on abuse of power and a clear definition of rape and coercive circumstances.

UK government

Rosy Cave, Head of the Gender Equality Unit and of the Office of the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, reiterated the UK government’s commitment to consciously delivering for women and girls’ rights. Cave outlined the establishment of the UK government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) and highlighted the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict and the progress it has made. Cave noted that both Nigeria and Somalia are focus countries for the UK’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The recent G7 led to the UK partnering with Nigeria under a mentorship programme on Women, Peace and Security. Cave agreed that conflict in Nigeria needs to be treated as a regional crisis with regional programming. The UK government has just opened an office in Chad to support this work.

In Somalia, the UK government supports the Somali Sexual Offences Bill, works with Somali female parliamentarians to change behaviours and attitudes, and has supported the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development in the development of their National Action Plan and in their work with security forces, including the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Key asks and concluding remarks

Key asks from the panel and the following discussion included strengthened collaboration between all actors, increased coordinated and targeted advocacy on gender and women’s rights, increased mechanisms for independent oversight, and the transfer of stigma from survivor to perpetrator.

All panellists were asked to give concluding remarks and key ways forward before Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE closed the discussion. Adan concluded with the need to prioritise livelihoods within service provision. Read highlighted the need for genuine empowerment. Cave called for civil society to bring evidence-based suggestions forward to influence the international agenda. Mulvey outlined the critical role of legal and policy frameworks and called for the endorsement and implementation of the Somali Sexual Offences Bill and the Protection of Civilians Policy in Nigeria.

With thanks to Roisin Mangan, Policy Advisor at the Nigeria INGO Forum, whose event report forms the basis of the above report.

APPG on Women, Peace and Security: Sexual violence in conflict in Nigeria and Somalia

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS), in collaboration with the Nigeria INGO Forum and the Somalia NGO Consortium, organised the panel discussion Sexual violence in conflict: Reclaiming women’s agency through law, policy and practice to mark Read More

Prioritise Peace: challenging approaches to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism from a Women, Peace and Security perspective

There has been a shift in recent years where Women, Peace and Security is increasingly discussed in the context of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE). This new GAPS paper assesses the impacts of this,  and makes recommendations to avoid women and girls being used as tools in P/CVE as well as the need to prioritise peace.

The paper demonstrates that current approaches to P/CVE do not take seriously the protection of women and girls’ rights, and are inconsistent with peacebuilding processes that promote social empowerment and reform to address the root causes of all forms of violent conflict. It makes recommendations for ways to ensure the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls, and to address underlying causes of conflict in a way that promotes gender equality.

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Prioritise Peace: challenging approaches to Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism from a Women, Peace and Security perspective

There has been a shift in recent years where Women, Peace and Security is increasingly discussed in the context of Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE). This new GAPS paper assesses the impacts of this,  and makes recommendations to avoid Read More

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