Joint Policy Paper on Gender and the Arms Trade Treaty
Four international organisations and networks - Amnesty International, the IANSA Women's Network, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Religions for Peace - have united to support the inclusion of a gender criterion in the ATT.
This July 2012 presents a historic opportunity as Member States of the United Nations (UN) gather to negotiate an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) meant to establish common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms. If the ATT is to be an effective legal instrument in regulating the international arms trade, recognition of the potential gendered impacts of international transfers must also be included. Accordingly, there should be strong references to gender in the treaty text and the criteria in the treaty should address risks of gender-based armed violence.
1. ENDORSE our call to support a strong ATT and the inclusion of a specific gender criterion in the negotiated text by 2 July 2012. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org and send the name and country of your organisation.
2. SUPPORT our call. Write to your government directly to support a strong ATT and the inclusion of a specific gender criterion in the negotiated text, using the template letter available here.
Negotiations for the Arms Trade Treaty will take place July 2-27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York. IANSA Women continue to build on existing advocacy successes in relation to the ATT. For more general background on the IANSA Women’s Network position to date, please see 'The ATT: An important opportunity to prevent gender based violence at gunpoint'.