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New Paper, ‘Call to Action: Now and the Future, COVID-19 and Gender Equality, Global Peace and Security’

The ‘Call to Action: Now and the Future, COVID-19 and Gender Equality, Global Peace and Security’ paper addresses the deeply gendered impact of COVID-19.

 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has led to over a million confirmed cases, and tens of hundreds of deaths worldwide so far. As we see global responses to COVID-19, GAPS’s position is that a rights-based approach and gender- conflict analysis must be at the centre of any global response and recovery. This must assess not only the virus’s disproportionate impact on people, communities and countries based on their intersecting identities, including gender, race, ethnicity, disability, class, age and social-economic status; but also takes into account how this pandemic is impacting conflict dynamics which are also gendered in themselves.

The Women, Peace and Security agenda provides an essential framework for analysing and responding to COVID-19. At this time of compounding global crisis the world needs to work together to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda and related international standards and ensure that COVID-19 does not exacerbate the existing gender inequalities. This paper sets out the already immediate and long-term impacts of COVID-19 with recommendation to the international community, including the UK Government to implement as they respond to this global pandemic. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of UNSCR and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. What was due to be a global moment of celebration, is now when the world needs to work together to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda and ensure that global responses to COVID-19 do not deepen gender inequalities. Instead, the global response to COVID-19 must be explicitly gendered and prioritise peace. Read GAPS’s position paper on COVID-19 and Women, Peace and Security in full here.

Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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