Preventing gender-based violence through effective Arms Trade Treaty implementation

This briefing paper provides tools and guidelines for effective implementation of the gender-based violence provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty.


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Drawing on a comprehensive research report published by Reaching Critical Will in April 2016 as part of a project funded by the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR), this briefing paper provides a summary of that report's key findings. It includes an overview of the relationship between the arms trade and gender-based violence and an assessment of the ways in which articles 6 and 7 of the Arms Trade Treaty relate to gender-based violence. It provides sample questions and sources of information for arms export officials to employ during risk assessment processes mandated by the ATT.

This summary was published in September 2017 by Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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