Sehlac at Humanitarian Disarmament Forum – it´s time to focus on gender
During 17 and 19 October 2014, the Network of Human Security for Latin America and the Caribbean (Red SEHLAC) participated in the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, that since 3 years ago is held in New York to exchange views and discuss various aspects related to disarmament and arms control.
María Pía Devoto and Cristian Wittman (Red SEHLAC members) were present in this forum which was focused on the link between gender and arms. The event was organized by organizations Control Arms , PACE University and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and convened nearly 100 activists from around the world.
During the conference there were presentations of important people, regarding the issue, such as the Nobel Jody Williams Award and was also discussed in detail all the ways you could include the basic principles of gender equality in the process of arms control at locally and regionally.
The Forum produced an Action Plan including specific initiatives that connect gender and arms and which conference participants have committed to supporting over the coming year, and will help ensure that gender will not be marginalized or overlooked in campaign planning, research and reporting. The initiatives span action at the UN, and campaigns such as the “no more all male panels” initiative that seeks to correct under-representation of women in panel discussions.