All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security
Registered in 2006, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security (APPG-WPS) is a forum for the discussion and analysis of issues relating to Women, Peace and Security. It brings together Parliamentarians, policy makers and civil society. Among other issues, the APPG-WPS is primarily focused on the UK Government’s implementation of Women, Peace and Security commitments and work on Women and Girls rights. It promotes the vital role that women and girls play in peacebuilding, conflict resolution and post conflict reconstruction around the world and highlights the impact of violence and conflict on women and girls.
The APPG secretariat is hosted by Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS).
Officers and Members
The APPG is chaired by Baroness Fiona Hodgson of Abinger CBE and Flick Drummond MP.
Activities and Meetings
In partnership, the APPG-WPS:
-Raises the profile of Women, Peace and Security issues across Westminster and Whitehall;
-Supports and creates strong and vibrant networks to improve collaborative working amongst our members and partners;
-Shares information, lessons learned and best practice;
-Strengthens the UK Government’s implementation of, and approach to Women, Peace and Security;
-Builds the understanding of Parliamentarians and civil society to support their effective advocacy, advice and scrutiny of relevant UK Government departments.
The APPG-WPS hosts the UK annual Report to Parliament on Women, Peace and Security, a crucial tool for holding the Government to account on its Women, Peace and Security commitments. At this event, Ministers from the UK Government present its Annual Report on progress on its Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan and GAPS presents its Shadow Report. The Annual Report to Parliament is an opportunity for Parliamentarians and civil society to monitor, assess and question the UK Government’s work on Women, Peace and Security.
The APPG-WPS has previously held meetings on thematic areas such as displacement of women and girls, Feminist leadership and the gendered impact of COVID-19. It has also hosted events with a regional focus such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Yemen, South Sudan, Libya, Iraq and Northern Ireland. To view past meetings of the APPG-WPS, please see events.