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Gender and Arms Control in the Pacific

Ema Tagicakibau addresses the conference in Suva, Fiji - Deepayan Basu Ray, CAVR

Armed violence often cannot be significantly reduced without understanding the part played by gender attitudes in the thinking of those at risk of committing it. Training in the gendered aspects of violence and planning for its avoidance are vital to assist government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders to better address these issues within arms control initiatives.

In our national workshops in partner countries we always explore this dimension and provide assistance, often working with others involved in similar interventions. In a series of four meetings across the Asia-Pacific region CAVR provided speakers, trainers and materials to assist the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament (UNRCPD) with its regional initiative ‘Gun Violence and Illicit Small Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective’.

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