Women and disarmament: Germany funds UNODA project

16.01.2015 - Article

On 13 January, Germany’s UN Ambassador Harald Braun launched a project aimed at promoting women in the sphere of disarmament and non‑proliferation.

The Federal Foreign Office is funding a programme of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) to improve the integration of women in disarmament and arms‑control decision‑making processes in Africa, Asia, Latin America and in the Middle East. The aim of this three‑year project is to give female experts in the field of disarmament and arms control an opportunity in the medium term to assume greater responsibility at national and international level and to help shape future developments.

Ambassador Braun with UNODA Head Angela Kane
Ambassador Braun with UNODA Head Angela Kane© AA

On 13 January, the Head of Germany’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, Harald Braun, and the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, marked the start of a cooperation project between the German Government and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs: in New York they signed the funding agreement for the project “Boosting the Advance of Women: Strengthening Tools for Women’s Education”.

Boosting women in the disarmament sphere

In Africa, Asia, Latin America and in the Middle East, women continue to be underrepresented at political level in the spheres of disarmament, arms control and non‑proliferation and are only involved in decision‑making processes in exceptional cases. Furthermore, there is a lack of suitable basic and further training programmes which would equip women to play a bigger role in political processes.

Together with the University for Peace (UPEACE) and the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation (VCDNP), UNODA is making it possible for selected women to take part in online courses, workshops and other educational measures from mid‑2015. Moreover, by implementing new and supporting existing basic and further training programmes, regional education platforms are to be created in the target countries to ensure that structures in the spheres of disarmament and arms control become increasingly professional.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Thanks to its focus, the project will help implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”. The Resolution of 31 October 2000 explicitly calls for women to be more involved and to play a more active role in all phases of conflict prevention, conflict management and post‑conflict peacebuilding. By making available around 1.2 million euros for this UNODA project, the German Government, which presented its National Action Plan for the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (NAP 1325) in December 2012, is again highlighting its commitment to ensuring that the needs of women are given greater and adequate consideration in the planning and implementation of disarmament, demobilisation and re‑integration activities.

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