Control Arms initiated and completed the first phase of its work on the ‘ATT Gender Action Plan’, a project undertaken with the support of the Government of Canada, and which aims to identify and monitor progress towards the implementation of the decisions related to gender and gender-based violence (GBV) adopted by the Fifth Conference of State Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP5) in 2019.

Through the project, Control Arms explores how gender can be mainstreamed into ATT practice in a more holistic way and through an actionable, effective, and results-based plan. The project also sets the stage for CSP5 commitments to take root in the fabric of the CSP for years to come, and for further discussions exploring interlinkages between the ATT and gender and GBV. 

The project builds on three main components: a collective methodology to monitor progress towards the implementation of CSP5 decisions and recommendations, which has been reviewed by a group of State Parties and other ATT stakeholders; an ATT stakeholder survey; and case studies containing examples of positive action.

The primary goal of the methodology and the survey, which were launched at CPS8,  is to have some accountability and ways to measure how States and other stakeholders are doing in terms of implementing CSP5 decisions and recommendations. 

The methodology provides a comprehensive view of how gender and GBV should be factored in within the ATT and related processes. The ATT stakeholder survey is intended for both State Parties and signatories and responses will provide valuable information on the implementation of CSP5 gender and GBV related commitments that may not be publicly available. 

The survey is also expected to fill existing gaps in knowledge, information sharing, and reporting. To complement the collective methodology, Control Arms is in the process of developing short case studies on a few States Parties that demonstrate exceptional work in the gender and GBV areas.  Highlighting these positive examples can serve as guidance, at the regional and international levels, for States that are at different stages with regard to the implementation of gender and GBV commitments in the context of the ATT, and more broadly to their gender evolution.  

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