GAPS’ policy work is integral to our advocacy.
In partnership with members and other organisations, we regularly produce policy and campaign documents that reflect on our work with the UK government and broader Women, Peace and Security policy.
These include policy briefings, reports and recommendations. These documents can be found below.
Women, Peace and Security and Displacement in the Middle East
This joint policy report of the LSE Middle East Centre and GAPS was launched in Parliament in July 2019 at an event of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Women, Peace and Security. The report is the result of extensive discussions at a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre in Jordan in September 2018 with national and international experts. The workshop focused on the gendered impacts of displacement and how the Women, Peace and Security agenda can be used to address the issue of conflict-related displacement better. The discussions highlighted that the Middle East’s existing National Action Plans to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda remain limited in addressing conflict-related displacement and its long-term gendered implications.
This report offers insights and provides recommendations to support responses to displacement to be gender-sensitive, and to integrate the displacement and Women, Peace and Security agendas through addressing the differential rights, needs and experiences of displaced women, girls, and men and boys.
Beyond Consultations: A tool to promote more meaningful engagement of women in fragile and conflict-affected states
The Beyond Consultations tool is designed to support actors to move towards more meaningful engagement with women in fragile and conflict-affected states, in response to feedback that many consultation exercises tend to be extractive, tokenistic and disempowering. The tool was developed and verified using a rigorous process involving women and women’s organisations in fragile and conflict-affected states, national governments, international non-governmental organisations and multilateral agencies.
The tool enables a self-assessment of current consultation practices and provides a best practice framework to ensure that women and women’s organisations are fully engaged in decision-making processes. It should be used as early as possible during the planning and design phase of engagement, and regularly revisited throughout the participation activity and its evaluation
The Beyond Consultations tool was developed in partnership with GAPS member organisations Women for Women International UK, Amnesty International UK, Saferworld and Womankind Worldwide. It can be downloaded via the Beyond Consultations website: www.beyondconsultations.org.
Assessing UK Government Action in 2018: GAPS Women, Peace and Security Shadow Report
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.
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.
The GAPS NAP Six-Month Check-In welcomes the consultative process of the development of the NAP and the cross-government approach. It encourages: progress on the development of a robust MEL framework; a strengthened focus on the conflict prevention pillar of the Women, Peace and Security agenda; increased funding for Women, Peace and Security; and support for Women’s Rights Organisations, Women Human Rights Defenders, peacebuilders and Civil Society Organisations in Fragile and Conflict Affected States.
Prioritise Peace: Challenging approaches to Preventing & 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 impact 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 cause of conflict in a way that promotes gender equality.
Displacement and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Voices of Displaced Women in the KRI
Women for Women International UK, the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and GAPS have released a new report: Displacement and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Voices of Displaced Women in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
This report examines, and makes concrete recommendations for, women’s economic wellbeing and empowerment in the context of conflict-related displacement, focusing on livelihood needs and opportunities. It provides insights into how displacement has affected the position of women in the economic life of the family and community, and captures specific and contextualised aspects of women’s opportunities and barriers to empowerment from their perspective. The key contribution of this report is that it reflects the voices of displaced women in the KRI. Hear directly from women in the KRI in these videos: Alia; Shireen; Raja.
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Assessing UK Government Action in 2017: GAPS Women, Peace and Security Shadow Report
In this new report GAPS assesses the 2017 Annual Report to Parliament by the UK Government, analyses progress in the UK’s Women, Peace and Security work over the past year and makes recommendations for building on this progress including for the new UK National Action Plan (NAP). In this report, GAPS looks at the UK’s work at the UN Security Council, its efforts to support women’s participation in international events, its role in the conflict in Yemen, and other key developments from this year. As the final shadow report for the 2014-2017 UK NAP on Women, Peace and Security, it also provides an overview of the UK Government’s reporting during the course of this NAP.
This report builds on and complements GAPS’ written submission Informing the new UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, the summary report Women’s Voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, and previous shadow reports for 2015 and 2016.
Syrian Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. GAPS members Amnesty International UK and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom supplemented funds from the UK Government to run the Syria Response consultations in Turkey and Lebanon, alongside Women Now for Development. This report reflects analysis by women’s rights activists of the barriers and challenges around WPS, as well as recommendations that will inform the development process of the next UK National Action Plan on WPS.
Afghan Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. This report presents a summary of the findings from the consultation in Afghanistan which took place in February 2017. The consultations were led by Women for Women International UK and Medica Afghanistan. The recommendations in this report are direct outcomes from the consultation, proposed by participants.
Women’s voices in the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: Summary Report
In November 2016 the UK Government partnered with GAPS to consult with women’s civil society organisations and women human rights defenders on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) priorities in their contexts. The aim is to bring these women’s voices directly to the decision-makers, to ensure that the next, fourth UK NAP on WPS (2018+) is firmly grounded in the realities that women face. The consultations were conducted in 2017, in four of the UK’s WPS focus countries/contexts: Myanmar, Somalia, Afghanistan, and in Turkey and Lebanon for the Syria Response. This summary report highlights the key findings from the consultations, setting out the many common priorities that women working for peace and security face in such challenging circumstances.
GAPS Submission: Informing the new UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
This submission provides GAPS’ views on the current 2014-2017 NAP, and uses analysis and lessons learned to recommend strategic objectives for inclusion in the 2018+ NAP. It builds on previous GAPS documents which include analysis of and recommendations for the UK’s work on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). These findings are intended to complement the findings of our FCO-GAPS country consultations.
Experts’ Meeting: Sexual Violence in Conflict and the UK’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda – Chairs’ Summary
One year after the conclusions of the UN’s High Level Review on Women, Peace and Security, we, along with the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Women for Women International (UK) held a series of roundtables on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the UK’s Women, Peace and Security work. This Chairs’ Summary outlines the Experts’ recommendations.
Assessing UK Government Action in 2016: GAPS Women, Peace and Security Shadow Report
In this new report GAPS welcomes the 2016 annual report to Parliament by the UK Government, analyses the UK’s Women, Peace and Security work over the past year and makes recommendations for the upcoming new UK National Action Plan (NAP).
Three years too many: the impact of conflict for women and girls in South Sudan
As the civil war in South Sudan enters into its fourth year, the levels of displacement, insecurity and violence are reaching unprecedented levels. The majority of the displaced are women and girls, who continue to bear the brunt of thed armed conflict. More is needed from the international community to achieve safety, protection, empowerment and long-lasting peace for women and girls in South Sudan. In line with its commitments to WPS, we urge the UK government to immediately undertake the recommendations outlined in this paper.
Next Steps for the New, Forward Looking NAP 2018+
GAPS has developed feedback on the UK’s midline evaluation of its National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP). This will feed into the UK’s development of it’s upcoming NAP: NAP 2018+.
GAPS Report: Assessing UK Government Action on Women, Peace and Security in 2015
In this report, GAPS welcomes the 2015 report to Parliament by the UK Government, and reviews key announcements and tangible progress made in 2015. We focus on the implementation of the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security 2014-2017 and its associated Implementation Plan.