In 2019, the UK Government funded GAPS and its partners to undertake consultations on Women, Peace and Security to mark the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in 2020. 245 organisations and individuals were consulted across 11 countries as part of this project. 8 countries participated in the consultations coordinated by GAPS, GAPS members and their partners, with civil society organisations in Afghanistan, the DRC, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and the UK; the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office also undertook key informant interviews in Myanmar, on the Syria response, and with the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York. The consultation participants developed recommendations for how governments, multilateral institutions, international non-governmental organisations and civil society can meet their Women, Peace and Security commitments and, importantly, make progress for women and girls affected by conflict and gender inequality in fragile and conflict affected states.
This report brings together the findings from the consultations to provide a sound body of evidence that outlines how progress can be made and Women, Peace and Security commitments implemented. The consultation findings demonstrate that commitments on Women, Peace and Security are vast and comprehensive and. However, in practice this has not translated into the inclusion of gender perspectives and women and girls’ rights in policy and programming. By implementing ten recommendations – The 10 Steps – multilateral institutions, governments, INGOs and civil society can make transformational progress that aims to create a more peaceful world in which women, girls, men and boys’ rights are upheld.
The report was launched at the UN Security Council open debate on Women, Peace and Security in 2019, at a joint event of the International Peace Institute, the UK Mission to the UN, the German Mission to the UN and the South African Mission to the UN.