Gender-based violence (GBV) and the Arms Trade Treaty


In 2014, the UN adopted the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), recognising the link between gender-based violence and the arms trade. This led to advocacy by organizations like WILPF, IANSA, and the Global Arms Coalition. Despite progress, governments still question the connection. The project, focusing on the Practical Implementation of Art. 6 & 7 of the Arms Trade Treaty, with the Stimson Center and the German Federal Foreign Office, aimed to help Central and Eastern European countries implement key ATT parts to reduce violence against women and GBV. It focused on promoting cooperation, information sharing, and raising awareness within the Berlin foreign policy community about the ATT’s significance, Germany’s efforts, and the link between arms trade, GBV, and the ‘Women, Peace, and Security’ Agenda.

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