Gender Concerns works to promote women as agents for change and development. GCI's core focus is capacity building, lobbying and advocacy work, facilitating training and supporting women's organisations and supporting women in civil society organisations efforts especially in fragile states to improve the (political, legal, social and economic) position of women. Gender Concerns International has highlighted the gender dimension of current conflicts and the key role of women as agents of change, campaigning for women’s full integration into peace talks and governance strategies.
In recent years GCI's focus has been on Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries. Since the Arab Spring, the organisation has been very active in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen. Gender Concerns initiated the 'Alert 2011' Campaign to highlight inclusive governance and female leadership in these emerging democracies. This campaign was supported by a "Women for Transformation" public hearing that took place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in February 2011. Recently Gender Concerns International has developed an effective and large network of women and civil society organisations in South Sudan and currently is preparing its first ever stakeholders-networking mission to Juba.
Gender Concerns International operates via a network of public authorities, non governmental organisations and individuals at both national and international level. Gender Concerns International is a signatory to the Dutch National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, (NAP 1325) and an active partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands. In the Netherlands, Gender Concerns International has been asked to take the lead in coordinating the efforts of the NAP 1325 signatories working in Afghanistan and the region in the field of women’s leadership and political participation.