The illicit use of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) in conflict zones, urban areas and even within households, stands in the way of reducing violent deaths – the first target of SDG16. Their presence contributes to impeding development, driving irregular migration and pushing entire regions into conflict and instability. It further aggravates sexual and gender-based violence both within and outside of conflict contexts.
In partnership with the African Women Leader’s Network (AWLN), building on consultations convened at the African Union and co-hosted by the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, this side event will discuss lessons learned from regional roadmaps, feature experiences from arms control experts and identify pathways to strengthen meaningful participation of women to devise effective, efficient, comprehensive and – most importantly – gender equal SALW control measures.
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