Gender and Disarmament Hub

About the Hub

The Gender and Disarmament Hub provides information about gendered aspects of proliferation and use of weapons, as well as of disarmament processes.

It also offers ideas and resources to promote gender equality in arms control and disarmament fora.

How does gender relate to arms control and disarmament?

In arms control and disarmament, a gender analysis (or ‘gender lens’) can be useful to assess how the attributes, opportunities, and relationships associated with a gender identity may affect issues, such as the likelihood of being targeted by weapons systems, prospects of becoming a victim/survivor of armed violence, the ability to access medical attention in the aftermath of armed conflict, and the long-lasting biological and physiological impacts of weapons on individuals.

Gender perspectives have already informed multilateral arms control and disarmament frameworks, including treaties and United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions. The inclusion of gender-responsive provisions has shed light on the differential impacts of weapons on women, men, girls and boys, and enhanced the ability of the international community to redress gender inequality.

Gender norms have resulted in differences, and thus inequalities, between women and men.

Gender Pespectives

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

The UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (UN PoA SALW)

The Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC)

The Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)

Declaration on Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas (EWIPA)

The Open-Ended Working Group on Conventional Ammunition

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW)

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC)

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

The Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security

The Open-Ended Working Group on Reducing Space Threats

The Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons (GGE on LAWS)

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) First Committee Resolutions

Areas for Action

Ideas for multilateral fora chairs and practitioners on how to address the gender dimensions of international security affairs

  • Adopt agenda item(s) that examine gender perspectives
  • Approve mandates for integrating gender perspectives into the substance of the delegates’ work
  • Include gender-responsive language in resolutions
  • Organize gender briefings related to the substance of their work
  • Participate in the activities of the International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group
  • Engage with the focal points of the Network of Women, Peace and Security; and
  • Support side-events or hold informal meetings on gender on the margins of multilateral meetings
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