Best Practices for Gender Equality in Conventional Arms Control

New York
Best Practices for Gender Equality in Conventional Arms Control

A side event to the fourth substantive session of the OEWG on Ammunition

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), in collaboration with UN SaferGuard, The Small Arms Survey, Canada, El Salvador and Ghana organised a side event on Best Practices for Gender Equality in Conventional Arms Control.

To understand how gender equality commitments are informing action on the ground, UNIDIR surveyed 40 organizations dealing with various aspects of conventional arms and ammunition control and disarmament around the world, including national authorities, international and regional/subregional organizations, civil society and think tanks. The results are presented in a new report on Best Practices for Promoting Gender Equality in Conventional Arms Control.

This event included a presentation of survey results, and panelists discussed distinct practices that are being implemented to improve gender balance and transform organizational cultures. They also reflected on challenges and what is needed to achieve gender equality in conventional arms control, in particular, in the context of the OEWG.

To read the full report, click here.


Introductory Remarks by Ambassador Egriselda Aracely González López, Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations in New York.

Presentation of UNIDIR report

  • Hana Salama, Gender and Disarmament Researcher, UNIDIR

Expert comments by

  • Samuel Williams Yeboah, Executive Secretary, National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons Ghana

  • Sherry Oake, Munitions Engineer, Government of Canada

  • Emile LeBrun, Senior Consultant, Small Arms Survey

Moderated by Alexandra Marksteiner, Associate Political Affairs Officer, UNODA


5 June, 13:15 to 14:30 EST (in-person only), UNHQ, New York, Conference Room 12

*A light lunch was served at the left side of the Vienna Café from 13.00


The event was in person and open to Member States representatives, civil society and experts.


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