Nepal: UNRCPD celebrate International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament

24 May 2010

On Monday 24 May 2010, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) celebrated the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.

In line of its mandate to promote awareness of a gender perspective in disarmament-related activities, UNRCPD organized a capacity-building event on the importance of women’s equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security as stated in UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Representatives of NGOs and UN agencies participated in the forum.

In its presentation, UNRCPD provided participants with an overview on global disarmament trends and challenges with a specific focus on the role of women in disarmament and arms control activities. The second presentation (Saferworld UK) focused on different roles of women in the context of armed violence in Nepal.

During the subsequent discussion, participants shared their views and suggestions on linkages between women, peace and disarmament in a Nepalese context.

The following issues were raised: how to include non-gun crimes (e.g. by Khukuri, a traditional Nepalese knife) in armed violence analysis and arms control programming; inclusion of disarmament-related provisions in a future Nepalese National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820; importance of the participation of women associated with armed groups in rehabilitation packages; important role played by women in mine risks education activities; need to share information on small arms and arms control with women’s organizations.

The meeting was concluded with suggestions on possible joint activities between UNRCPD and participating organizations to enhance involvement of women in peace and disarmament-related activities. Special interest was raised for public awareness programmes on global arms control and disarmament instruments as well as on armed violence and development through inter alia the celebration of the International Peace Day and the promotion of peace and disarmament education in schools.

UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD)