Fostering Gender-Responsive Small Arms Control: Perspectives from the Africa Region on the UN PoA and the ATT

8 March 2024
Fostering Gender-Responsive Small Arms Control: Perspectives from the Africa Region on the UN PoA and the ATT

On International Women’s Day, the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) held a virtual event focusing on gender-responsive implementation of key arms control instruments: the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA) and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in the African Region.

Ahead of the 4th Review Conference of the UN PoA and the 10th Conference of State Parties to the ATT, this discussion provided an opportunity to hear from experts about the latest research and trends on gender-responsive arms control. The event also served as forum for sharing best practices from the African Region, as well as ideas for action to sustain momentum and ensure that gender-related topics remain a priority in multilateral arms control discussions, in line with 2030 Agenda for sustainable Development (Goal 16 on peace and security and Goal 5 on gender equality) and in line with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Beijing Declaration. Importantly, the event was a platform to discuss the effective integration of gender-responsive actions into national arms control policies, legal frameworks, programmes and national action plans.

This event formed part of UNIDIR’S and UNREC’s 2024 Regional Briefing Series on Gender in the UN PoA and ATT.


A recording of this event is available on our YouTube Channel, and below.


Welcome Remarks:

  • Anselme Yabouri, Director of UNREC

Expert Presentations:

  • Mariame Camara, Political Affairs Officer, UNREC
  • Hana Salama, Researcher, Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR

Panel Discussion:

  • Gen. Generose Ngendanganya, President of the National Commission to Combat the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, Burundi
  • Candy Moyo, First Secretary: Disarmament, Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN in Geneva.
  • Stephen Mwachofi Singo, Deputy Director, Security Research & Information Centre, Kenya


  • Dr Renata Hessmann Dalaqua, Head of the Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR

*Additional speakers to be announced.


8 March 2024 | 12:15-13:30 pm GMT / 13:15-14:30 pm CET | Online


UNIDIR and UNREC encouraged the participation of government officials, diplomats, civil society organizations and experts from the African Region.


The event was held in English, with interpretation into French and Portuguese.