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.
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 22 January 2015, EPLO, together with the EU, held 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. For more information, please contact Giulia Pasquinelli.
On 21 January 2015, EPLO, together with the EU, held a CSDN policy workshop 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. For more information, please contact Giulia Pasquinelli.
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.
On 16 October 2014, EPLO published a statement entitled 'Where are the EU's Women Leaders in EU Foreign Affairs?', addressing the issue of gender balance in EU top jobs. For more information, please contact Giulia Pasquinelli.
In November 2013, EPLO published 20 case studies of implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Europe. This collection is an update to the 2010 publication of 21 case studies of implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Europe. EPLO also produced a discussion paper entitled Joining the dots: from national to European level tools to implement UNSCR 1325 which includes key findings from the 20 case studies and some reflections on the links between national and European level implementation of the resolution.
- On 27 June 2013, EPLO organised an Expert workshop on monitoring the implementation of the EU Comprehensive Approach to UNSCR 1325. This workshop at expert level aimed to gather input for the second Report on the EU indicators for the Comprehensive Approach to the EU implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820. Please click here for the Final Agenda. On the occasion of the workshop the backgroud document Lessons Learnt from Monitoring the Implementaiton of Women, Peace and Security Policies was produced. Please click here for the Flash Report of the meeting. For more information about this event, please contact Giulia Pasquinelli
- On 27 May 2013, the annual Member State on UNSCR 1325 took place in Brussels. This year the seminar focused on transitional justice and gender. The 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.