Brown Bag Lunch Events

EPLO Brown Bag Lunch events are 1 - 1.5 hour-long, informal round-table discussions on a wide range of geographic and thematic topics with relevance for the EU and its support for peacebuilding and conflict prevention. More



Next Events

Addressing Security Governance in Nigeria and Sierra Leone

Monday 7 December 2015




Academic Friends

Academic Friends of EPLO is an informal network of academics working on peacebuilding and conflict issues, and/or the role of the EU in peacebuilding worldwide. The purpose of the network is to connect practitioners and advocates seeking to influence the EU to make it more effective at peacebuilding with academics carrying out research on the EU and conflict. More



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Gender, Peace and Security


EPLO's Gender, Peace and Security Working Group (GPS WG) works to promote the inclusion of a meaningful gender perspective* in EU policy, programming and implementation related to peace and security.

  • To act as a hub of expertise, analysis and advice on gender, peace and security in the EU
  • To channel and support the contributions of women from conflict-affected countries into EU peace and security policies
  • To promote greater support of Member States to the implementation of the EU gender, peace and security agenda
  • To bring a consistent gender perspective into all EPLO’s work
  • To reach out to a larger group of peacebuilding practitioners who support the message of UNSCR 1325 through their own work and commitment.

*GENDER PERSPECTIVE: With respect to any social phenomenon, policy or process, exposing gender-based differences in status and power, and considering how such discrimination shapes the immediate needs, as well as the long-term interests, of women and men. (See, e.g., 1995 Beijing Platform for Action).

For more information about the GPS WG, please contact the EPLO office.

Background Information

The GPS WG was established in January 2006. It responds to the fact that the interests, roles and rights of all gender groups are still not equally considered or used, especially in conflict and security situations. This occurs despite the fact that women, as a group, are disproportionately affected by conflict. As such, the expertise, knowledge, and skills of sections of the community are under-utilised when it comes to early warning, planning for peace, and sustainable rebuilding after conflict. Through the GPS WG, EPLO works to promote the inclusion of a gender perspective and the meaningful participation of women in European security and peacebuilding policy and practice.


Recent activities and planned events:


  • On 27 May 2013, the annual Member State on UNSCR 1325 took place in Brussels.  This year the seminar focused on transitional justice and genderThe objective of the seminar was to address impunity reduction and activities in support of women’s participation in gender-sensitive transitional justice processes, to present and discuss examples from field level and to provide a platform for exchange of information and best practices. The meeting allowed participants to exchange views with the some of the foremost specialists in the field of transitional justice and gender, including the UN and European NGOs. For the provisional programme please click here.
  • In October 2012, on the occasion of the twelfth anniversary of the adoption of UNSCR 1325, EPLO published a new statement on 'Maximising EU Support to the Women, Peace and Security Agenda'. It is aimed at providing an overview of the existing challenges to the EU's full implementation of the Resolution and includes recommendations for the EU to bridge the gap between policy and practice. Click here to download the new statement,.

  • The EU informal Task Force on Women, Peace and Security organised the annual Member State meeting on UNSCR 1325 on 14 June. This year the meeting was focused on EU support to women's participation in peace negotiations and mediation. It also provided an opportunity for Member States to share their experience in supporting women's inclusion in peace processes, discussing ongoing challenges and identifying concrete entry points to allow for increased participation of women in track I and track II processes. It also provided a platform for Member States to exchange information on the current implementation of their national action plans on WPS. Click here to access the provisional agenda.


Related Pages


Civil Society Dialogue Network

The Civil Society Dialogue Network (CSDN) is a mechanism for dialogue between civil society and EU policy-makers on issues related to peace and conflict. It is co-financed by the European Union (Instrument for Stability) and EPLO, and managed by EPLO in co-operation with the European Commission (EC) and the European External Action Service (EEAS)More


Upcoming Events


Training Seminar on Peacebuilding Advocacy towards the EU

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 November 2015




The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor

The EU and Peacebuilding: From European Peace Project to Global Actor was an 18-month project co-financed by the European Commission (Europe for Citizens Programme) and aimed at engaging a broad range of actors in a dialogue on the EU's role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and its history as a peace project. More