As the first legally binding treaty to recognize the links between the arms trade and gender-based violence, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) plays a vital role in preventing violence against women and girls and GBV more broadly in many contexts. Article 7.4 is the core ATT provision dealing with GBV. It obliges states parties making export risk assessments to take into account whether the exported items could be used ‘to commit or facilitate acts of gender-based violence or serious acts of violence against women and children. While this provision applies to GBV in conflict and non-conflict settings, most discussions thus far have focused on conflict settings.
This event seeks to fill this gap and expand the discussion on how the ATT and other conventional arms control instruments and frameworks could be leveraged to tackle this problem in urban violence settings. It will bring together researchers, experts, and policymakers to discuss the gendered dynamics of urban violence and the role of conventional arms control instruments, such as the ATT in curbing its harmful impacts.
Potential questions for discussion will include:
Introductory remarks by Ambassador Fernando Espinosa Olivera, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.
Concluding remarks by Kamelia Kemileva, Co Director, Programmes and Administration, Geneva Cities Hub
UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts specialized or interested in issues pertaining to gender and disarmament.
23 August 13:30 -14:50 CEST | online on Zoom
This discussion is organized by UNIDIR and Gender Equality Network in Small Arms Control (GENSAC) hosted by Pathfinders and co-sponsored by Canada, Geneva Cities Hub, Mexico and Panama.