Gender, Peace and Security (GPS)
EPLO works to strengthen the implementation of a gender-sensitive approach* in EU policy and practice to enable the EU to be more inclusive and effective in promoting peace. To this end it:
- Acts as a conduit for gender expertise, gender-sensitive analysis and advice on gender, peace and security into all the EU institutions;
- Channels and supports the contributions of women from conflict-affected countries into EU peace and security policies;
- Promotes greater support of member states to the implementation of the EU gender, peace and security agenda.
In addition, EPLO also works to bring a gender perspective consistently into all its work.
*Integrating a “gender approach” requires acknowledging and acting on the following considerations when developing and implementing peace and security policies: 1) women and men, boys and girls understand and experience security and conflict differently; 2) conflict has a transformative (positive and negative) potential on traditionally-defined gender roles; 3) there is an imbalance between women’s and men’s representation and contributions to peacebuilding in formal, institutional processes and in decision-making positions in peace and security; 4) the links between gender-based violence in conflict and social models (including traditional models of masculinity and femininity) are insufficiently explored.
For more information about EPLO’s gender, peace and security work, please contact Colin Cogitore.
- On 23 October 2017, EPLO organised a CSDN Policy Meeting ‘Preventing/countering violent extremism more effectively: experience from the ground’ with underscored the importance of identifying gendered assumptions and bias and grounding policy and programming in robust gender-inclusive analysis. The agenda and the outcome document are both available on the CSDN webpage.
- On 27 September 2017, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘Human Rights and Gender in CSDP missions: Where does the EU stand‘.
- On 28 June 2017, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming in CSDP missions: the cases of EUCAP Sahel Mali and EUCAP Sahel Niger‘, with the respective EU Mission’s Human Rights and Gender advisers.
- On 26 April 2017, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘Shrinking space for civil society in the Western Balkans: a perspective from women’s rights organisations‘.
- On 17 January 2017, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘the gender impact of EU missions in the Western Balkan: Insights from everyday practice’, with Dr. Kenneth McDonagh, an Academic Friend of EPLO
- On 8 November 2016, EPLO, together with KOFF/swisspeace, the Quaker Council for European Affairs (QCEA) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) organised an expert level workshop entitled ‘Implementing UNSCR 1325: New Opportunities and Emerging Challenges‘. A report of the workshop is available upon request.
- On 14 July 2016, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘Integrating Gender into Conflict Analysis‘.
- On 13 May 2016, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch Event entitled ‘Practical examples of integrating human rights and gender into CSDP missions: the case of EUPOL COPPS and EUMM Georgia‘.
- On 22 April 2016, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘Supporting peace and prosperity in the Balkans: a view from peacebuilding civil society organisations‘.
- On 10 and 11 March 2016, EPLO organised a Training Seminar on Gender, Peace and Security Advocacy towards the EU in the framework of the Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) project.
- On 7 March 2016, EPLO co-organised a workshop on the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of National Action Plans on UNSCR 1325 in the framework of the Dutch presidency of the EU. The workshop, entitled ‘National Action Plans: Challenges and Opportunities’, was organised in co-operation with the Dutch Presidency of the EU, the EEAS, Wo=Men and Inclusive Security. You can find the summary report here.
- On 3 November 2015, EPLO organised a Brown Bag Lunch event entitled ‘The EU enlargement process: views from women’s organisations in the Western Balkans‘.
- On 5 November 2015, EPLO organised a Brown Bag lunch event entitled ‘Gender and the Role of Special Representatives: A conversation with Marriët Schuurman, Special Representative, Women, Peace and Security, Office of the Secretary General – NATO’.
- On 2 June 2015, EPLO organised a Brown Bag lunch event entitled ‘Peacebuilding in Syria: The Role of Women’.
- On 22 January 2015, EPLO, together with the EU Informal Task Force on UNSCR 1325, organised a CSDN Policy Meeting entitled ‘Masculinity and Violence: How Do Gender Identities Relate to Violent Conflict?‘. Click here to download the final agenda and here to download the report of the meeting.
- On 21 January 2015, EPLO, together with the EU Informal Task Force on UNSCR 1325, organised a CSDN Policy Meeting entitled ‘Refreshing Indicators for the EU’s Women, Peace and Security Policy‘. Click here to download the final agenda, and here to download the meeting report.
- Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) Meeting Outcome document: ‘Preventing/countering violent extremism more efficiently: Experience from the ground‘ (October 2017)
- Statement: ‘Where are the EU’s Women Leaders in Foreign Affairs? One year on‘ (March 2016)
- CSDN Meeting Report: Masculinity and Violence: How Do Gender Identities Relate to Violent Conflict? (January 2015)
- CSDN Meeting Report: Refreshing Indicators for the EU’s Women, Peace and Security Policy (January 2015)
- On 29 October 2014, EPLO published a set of think pieces on gender, peace and security. Click on the following links to download the think pieces which have been prepared by four of EPLO’s member organisations: Conciliation Resources, Centre for Peacebuilding (KOFF), International Alert and Kvinna till Kvinna
- EPLO Statement: ‘Where are the EU’s Women Leaders in EU Foreign Affairs?‘ (October 2014)
- Briefing paper: ‘20 case studies of implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Europe‘ (November 2013)
- CSDN Discussion Paper: ‘Joining the dots: from national to European level tools to implement UNSCR 1325‘ (November 2013)
- CSDN Meeting Report: ‘Expert level workshop on Monitoring the Implementation of the EU Comprehensive Approach to UNSCR 1325‘ (June 2013)
- CSDN Meeting Background Document: ‘Lessons Learnt from Monitoring the Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Policies‘ (June 2013)
- EPLO Statement: Maximising EU Support to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (October 2012)