Towards More Tenacious Teamwork: On the Collaboration Between the WPS and Small Arms Control Communities

Kheira Djouhri, with Emilia Dungel and Callum Watson

The Security Council has stated that: 'the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation, and misuse of small arms and light weapons fuel armed conflicts and have a wide range of […] consequences […], including the disproportionate impact on violence against women and girls and exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.'

Noting the same dynamics, the small arms control community has recognized the need for the ‘equal, full and effective’ participation of women in the development of small arms control policies and programmes; greater consideration of the gendered impacts of small arms and light weapons; as well as encouraged the harmonization of national policies on small arms with those on women, peace and security (WPS)...

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Keywords: Gender Arms control WPS