While male-dominated societies often justify small arms possession through the alleged need to protect vulnerable women, women actually face greater danger of violence when their families and communities are armed.
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From 27 August-7 September 2012, UN Member States will gather in New York for the second Review Conference (RevCon) of the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA). Following years of advocacy and effort by IANSA women around the world, we are beginning to see some tangible results in the UN small arms process. IANSA Women will continue to build on these successes at the review conference.
Chair’s summary of elements for discussion at the Review Conference
After the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) on the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA) in March, the Chair’s summary of elements for discussion at the Review Conference can support our work through the inclusion of the following text:
6. States underlined the continuing negative impact of the illicit small arms trade on civilians, including women, children and the elderly. They emphasised the need to integrate a gender perspective into relevant aspects of Programme of Action implementation.
8. Member States mentioned, inter alia, the following as suggested themes for the Second Review Conference:
(i) Increasing the participation of women in small arms policy making;
The Chair’s summary provides us with a good starting point for our participation in the 2012 Review Conference.
For more information about our presence and participation, please see:
Women and Gender at the PoA PrepCom: 19-23 March 2012
Mainstreaming gender in the UN Programme of Action on small arms (PoA)
IANSA women at the Preparatory Committee - UN Programme of Action on small arms