International: UNINSTRAW virtual discussion - week two - DDR - Summary on Good Practices and Lessons Learned

15 July 2010

The UN-INSTRAW would like to thank all of those who have participated so far in the Virtual Discussion on Gender and DDR for their insightful comments and active participation. Registration is ongoing and UNINSTRAW welcomes new participants in week three of discussion.

The collective contributions have provided us with the necessary background to discuss indicators and recommendations during week three of the virtual discussion as we continue to make connections and synergies.

Week Two: Summary on Good Practices and Lessons Learned

  • The weapon exchange model fails to adequately target intended beneficiaries.
  • Time restraints for DDR planning and programming pose challenges to efficacy.
  • Vocational training must address the specific needs of different women.
  • UNSCR 1325 can be a useful entry point for gender-sensitive DDR.
  • Supporting the formation of women’s groups is an effective way to identify the needs of women as well as to create provisions for ownership and empowerment.
  • The provision of services that address emotional trauma and reproductive health are vital.
  • Involving communities and being transparent about the intent of DDR processes is an important part of effective DDR programmes.
  • Issues such as stigmas and gender, ethnicity, age and illiteracy must be addressed in analysis and programming.

To access the final topic on indicators and recommendations, please register and follow the topic 'Gender and Reintegration: Measuring Impacts and Recommendations' from the main page under Gender and DDR. Register at:


Original Document:
GDDR_VD_Summary_II.pdf (186973 bytes)