Linking Women, Peace and Security and the Arms Control Agendas

22 March 2015

The Australian Mission to the UN in coordination with International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network (WNK), Global Alliance on Armed Violence (GAAV), and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) held a side event at the Australian Mission in New York on 12 March 2015. This side event took place during the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to discuss and highlight the links between Women, Peace and Security and the arms control agendas.

Speakers included Daniel Prins from the Conventional Arms Branch of the UNODA, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja AM, Jasmin Nario-Galace from IANSA Women’s Network, and Ray Acheson from Reaching Critical Will, WILPF. The event was moderated by Cora Weiss, UN Representative and former Director of the International Peace Bureau.

The main talking points focused on issues that need to be overcome in order to strengthen the links between WPS and arms control and disarmament agendas. Gender based violence and the roles of young men in armed violence were up for discussion by the panel, in addition to the effects that the Philippines National Action Plan has on women in the region.

For a full summary of the panel discussion from this side event please see the attached document.

Original Document:
LinkingWPS&ArmsControlAgendas.pdf (288026 bytes)