Workshop for South Asia on Gun Violence and Illicit Small Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective

Start Date: Sep 18 2018
End Date: Sep 21 2018
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meeting Hosted By: UNRCPD
Meeting Supported By: UNSCAR
Outcome Documents

Workshop On Women, Peace and Security for NGOs and Parliamentarians in South Asia

As part of its regional project on women, peace and security, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) is organizing the “Workshop for South Asia on Gun Violence and Illicit Small-Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective”, in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 18-21 September 2018.

The purpose of the Workshop is to strengthen control of small arms and light weapons (SALW) while promoting women’s participation and a gender perspective in the field of arms control in South Asia. It aims at enhancing the understanding of illicit small-arms traf­ficking and the gendered impact of gun violence. To this end, the event will gather senior-level represen­tatives of leading national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) focused on gender issues and empo­wer­ment of women, and members of parliament interested in arms-control issues, from South Asia, as well as inter­natio­nal experts and UN offi­ci­als.

Through the engagement of international trainers, the Workshop will seek to empower the parti­cipating NGOs to initiate advocacy and raise awareness on combatting illicit small arms trade, as well as to promote key interna­tional arms-control instru­ments such as the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Programme of Action against illicit trade in SALW. It will also bring together NGO leaders and parliamentarians from various South Asian countries and give them the opportunity to exchange ideas, discuss strate­gies, and consider possi­bilities for joint initiatives to address the challenge of illicit small arms trade and its distinct impact on women.

For further information, please contact Mr. Aleksander Micic of the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific, at email address info@unrcpd.org.