FOCUS – HI contributes to promote gender, disability and age mainstreaming across the disarmament treaties | July 17, 2020

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A few months after the fourth Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty and in the lead up of the Second Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, HI, as a member of the informal gender and mine working group, continues furthering gender and diversity in disarmament discussions. Read the two pager on “Gender […]

A few months after the fourth Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty and in the lead up of the Second Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, HI, as a member of the informal gender and mine working group, continues furthering gender and diversity in disarmament discussions.

Read the two pager on “Gender Language” here.

As an organization committed to inclusion in its development, humanitarian and disarmament actions, HI promotes an intersectional approach to vulnerability, and has developed a deep understanding on how gender and diversity factors intersect and impact the ability of a person to access services and meaningfully participate in society (HI policy on Disability, Gender and Age). In 2019, Humanity & Inclusion joined the Gender and Mine Action informal working group in order to support the mainstreaming of gender and diversity provisions within the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM).

In addition to Humanity & Inclusion, the informal working group comprises representatives from Mine Advisory Group, The HALO Trust, Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines, Danish Church Aid, Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining, International Campaign to Ban Landmines – Cluster Munitions Coalition (ICBL – CMC), Mines Action Canada, Mine Action Review and Norwegian People’s Aid.

The scope of the working group is focused on gender in mine action, inclusive of all women, girls, boys, men and transgender persons while recognizing the intersectionality of other key factors such as disability, age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty, and social class. Hence, the group provides recommendations on gender and diversity mainstreaming across the Conventions, the sharing of best practices for donors and affected states as well as mine action operators to make humanitarian mine action more inclusive.

This month, the group has drafted and circulated a two pager on “Gender Language” to the Implementation Support Units of the APMBC and CCM, the Gender Focal Points under the APMBC, and the CCM Presidency with the ultimate aim to clarify the meaning and preferred use of the terms “Gender”, “Diversity” and “Intersectionality”.

Following the 4th Review Conference of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention held in 2019 in Oslo, Norway; 2020 is another important moment towards the implementation and universalization of disarmament treaties. In November 2020, the 2nd Review Conference of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland; the main output of the Conference will be the Lausanne Action Plan which will build on the previous plan (Dubrovnik Action Plan) to review priority actions for the effective implementation of the convention’s provisions. Over the last years, the group has been supporting the implementation of gender and diversity provisions in the outcome documents of the Oslo Review Conference as well as advocating for the inclusion for gender and diversity provisions in the Lausanne action plan.

Integrating a gender and diversity perspective in the implementation of the APMBC and CCM will improve the quality of the implementation rather than create additional obligations.

Woman with hearing impairment warking in a vegetable garden in Thailand
After a landmine explosion, Abegala, 46, was left with a hearing impairment. She is now part of an Agriculture Income Generation Pilot Project in Umpiem refugee camp, Thailand. © Erika Pineros / Handicap International

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