UNODA Training Manual on Mainstreaming Gender in Small Arms Control Features Best Practices from South East Europe

UNODA (United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs) has published the Training Manual on Mainstreaming Gender in Small Arms Control within the framework of its global gender and small arms project.

“Through coverage of relevant normative agendas, international and national policies, and operational aspects, this manual can assist in training all relevant stakeholders on the need for and methods to ensure that gender dimensions form an integral part of the analysis, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of small arms control actions, particularly at the national level”, Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, highlights in the manual’s foreword.

This helpful tool extensively features good practices pioneered by SEESAC in mainstreaming gender in small arms control, including SEESAC gender training for Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) Commissions, gender coaching for heads of SALW commissions, data collection (Armed Violence Monitoring Platform, SALW surveys in South East Europe) and application of gender analysis in small arms context. In addition, the manual showcases practical examples from the region how the gender perspective can be integrated in strategic SALW control frameworks.

“Integrating a gender perspective into small arms and light weapons control is of key importance in fighting trafficking, misuse, and illicit possession of firearms thus ensuring national, regional, and international peace and security. This manual will help authorities and partners to implement gender responsive small arms control policies at the local, national‚ and regional levels and we at SEESAC shared our experiences in conducting gender training for relevant stakeholders,” Mr. Dragan Božanić, SEESAC’s Gender and Research Project Officer, who contributed to the manual’s development, pointed out.

To read the Manual, please click here.

Within the context of partnership with UNODA, SEESAC has also provided extensive gender coaching to the staff of the UNODA regional centers in Africa (UNREC), Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD), and Latin America and Caribbean (UNLIREC).