Women, Peace and Security

Ukrainian soldiers marching, backs to their camera, female soldier in centre

SDDirect recognises the distinct and disproportionate impact crises have on women and girls. The breakdown of the rule of law, the circulation and availability of small arms, and the breakdown of family structures all contribute to exacerbated human rights abuses against women in these settings. These abuses include - but are not limited to - increased sexual violence by armed groups, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and forced marriage. These risks are exacerbated for women and girls with disabilities, religious or ethnic minorities, and members of the LGBTQI+ community.  

We are committed to working in some of the most hard-to-reach and volatile contexts to help protect and uphold human rights. We have a wealth of experience supporting bilateral donors, multilateral entities, national governments, and civil society organisations to ensure humanitarian aid is designed and delivered inclusively and equitably. We recognise that strengthening gender equality and social inclusion is critical to achieving peace and stability, and to achieving the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are committed to taking an intersectional approach in all our work, that recognises the diversity of women and girls’ experiences in these contexts. 

We pride ourselves in and designing, delivering, monitoring, and evaluating interventions that help facilitate women and other marginalised groups participation and leadership in humanitarian response, stabilisation, early recovery, peacebuilding, and state-building efforts. We also have extensive experience working in conflict-prone environments to build accountable governance systems that contribute towards peacebuilding and state-building.   

Our expertise in this area includes: 

  • Safeguarding against Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) in crisis contexts  

  • Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention, risk mitigation and response in crisis contexts  

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) in humanitarian action  

  • Gender and conflict analysis  

  • Women’s participation and leadership in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts  

  • The design, monitoring and evaluation of national action plans to advance United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda.  

If you would like to hear more about our work on Women, Peace and Security, please reach out to Emma Haegeman, Head of Governance and Inclusive Societies Portfolio, at EmmaHaegeman@sddirect.org.uk

Guidance Note on Implementing the Danish National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security

SDDirect was contracted by the Danish Government to produce a Guidance Note to support the rollout and implementation of their new National Action Plan (2021-2025) to advance United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. The guidance covers: 

Women leaders' COVID-19 response from the grassroots to government: perspectives from Yemen

As public interest in women’s leadership in response to COVID-19 grows, Noha Yehya of the Yemeni Women Union (YWU), and Michelle Spearing and Laura Martineau-Searle of SDDirect reflect on the roles of women in the COVID-19 response and draw lessons from Yemen to highlight the importance of women’s leadership at the grassroots in respond

GBV AoR Helpdesk

SDDirect manages the GBV AoR Helpdesk (Gender-Based Violence Area of Responsibility Helpdesk), on behalf of the GBV Area of Responsibility, providing a unique research and technical advice service for all GBV in emergencies practitioners. This is a free and confidential research and advice service for humanitarian actors working on GBV risk mitigation, prevention and response in emergencies.