Central and Eastern European Regional Training on the Gender-based Violence (GBV) Criteria in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

14 -16 May 2019 – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riga Latvia

The Central and Eastern European Regional Training on the Gender-based Violence (GBV) Criteria in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) brought together almost 30 representatives from 12 governments to learns in greater detail about the links between gender-based violence and arms transfer decisions and the application of the ATT risk-assessment criteria that fully take these into account these risks.

Drawing participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia, the practical training aimed to build the capacity of government officials involved in the arms transfer decision-making process and to provide a forum for those working closely with arms trade issues nationally to discuss with their regional counterparts challenges and solutions to advancing the implementation of and strengthen compliance with the GBV criteria.

Expert speakers from Control Arms, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Women’s International League for Peace, and Freedom (WILPF) and Amnesty International facilitated sessions which explored

  • Definitions and interpretations of GBV  
  • Review of how GBV must be considered under the Treaty: arts 6(3), 7(1), 7(4))
  • Linkages between the ATT to other international and regional policy frameworks including International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law and the Women Peace and Security Agenda, the UN Program on Small Arms and Light Weapons and EU Common Position on Arms Exports
  • guidelines, structure and sources of information to review the prevalence of and responses to arms-related GBV in recipient states, considered 
  • explored mitigating measures or other approaches to reduce the risks in article 7(1)

Through hypothetical exercises and group discussions, participants applied lessons learned throughout the training and shared national perspectives and good practices.

 

This project was made possible with financial assistance from the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) and with support from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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Course Pack and Agenda
Reading Materials

Overview of the ATT

  The ATT in International Law

  Gender and Gender-Based Violence

  ATT Implementation and GBV Reduction and Prevention

  International Law and Policy and Gender-Based Violence

  Introduction to Article 7 Risk Assessment and its relationship with Articles 6 and 11

  Gender-Based Violence in Articles 6 and 7 

  Building an Evidence Base on Gender-Based Violence

  Mitigating Measures

Other Resources

The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), offers a holistic and integrated approach to the Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) control policies in South East Europe (SEE). SEESAC initiated the development of this gender and SALW Study with a long-term vision to increase gender responsiveness of SALW Control policies in SEE. The study lends light to evidence based recommendations into practical and contextual gender specific responsive measures related to SALW interventions. 

The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), GENDER AND SALW IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE: MAIN CONCERNS AND POLICY RESPONSE, 2016

The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), ROADMAP for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024, 2016

The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), Latest from SEESAC and Broader Work, 2019

The South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC), Resources On Gender and Security and SALW, 2013-2018

Additional photos from the training can be found here.