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Missing Links: Understanding Sex-Specific and Gendered Effects of Chemical Weapons 


Missing Links: Understanding Sex-Specific and Gendered Effects of Chemical Weapons 

Side Event at the 24th Conference of the States Parties to the CWC.

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Hague welcome you to an interactive meeting on the margins of the 2019 CWC CSP on the relevance of gender for strengthening implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Based on historical examples of chemical warfare and insights from accidents, such as the Bhopal tragedy, panellists will discuss possible differences in the effects of chemical weapons on women and men and their significance for assistance, response and preparedness. The main questions for discussion include:

  • Why and how is gender relevant in thinking about the effects of chemical weapons?

  • Why does gender matter in the provision of assistance under Article X of the CWC?

  • What can be done to improve the collection of gender-disaggregated data and support research on the gendered impacts of chemical weapons?


13:15 - 13:25     Welcoming remarks       

H.E. Martin Sørby, Ambassador of Norway to the Netherlands and Luxemburg

13:25 - 13:55     Presentation of report Missing Links on gender and chemical weapons

Dr. Renata H. Dalaqua, UNIDIR 

Dr. James Revill, UNIDIR 

Prof. Alastair Hay, University of Leeds

13:55 - 14:55      Q&A

*Light lunch will be provided from 12:45


27 November 2019


World Forum, Antarctica Room - The Hague, Netherlands - From 13:15-14:55