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NY: DI Calls for a Legally-Binding Provision on Preventing Armed Gender-Based Violence in the ATT
Written by DI Media Committee
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Art work of DI member Simko Ahmed
Defend International is calling on UN
negotiators of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to include a legally-binding
provision to prevent armed gender-based violence. This global
call is aimed at maintaining the momentum
created over the last seven years in favor for a strong
and an effective Arms Trade Treaty so that the populations of the UN member state benefit
from the current debate on the scope and objectives
of such a treaty.
Focusing on gender, international security, and conventional arms trade,
Defend International has joined Women's International League for Peace and
Freedom (WILPF) and other organizations supporting the worldwide efforts aimed
at ending gender-based violence. The campaign entitled "Make It
Binding" has resulted in initiating a new web portal that call on
negotiators of the Arms Trade Treaty to include a legally-binding provision to
prevent armed gender-based violence.
International has been involved in the UN discussions around an Arms Trade
Treaty since 2005/2006. Given that at present there is no legally-binding
international agreement that regulates the conventional arms trade, DI
supported a strong and an effective international ATT to prevent and eradicate
the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects. DI
believes that this new call can be very important in initiatinga
much-needed support for the inclusion of a legally-binding provision on
preventing armed gender-based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty. Hopefully,
these global efforts will continue to build momentumfor the negotiators
on the ATT to act in the best interests of future generations. The commitment
to combat armed gender-based violence is a crucial investment in healthy minds
and healthy bodies and in creating inclusive equitable, productive and healthy
societies. "The promotion of such an integrated approach to ending armed
gender-based violence has always been at the top priorities of DI," said
Defend InternationalPresident Dr. Widad Akrawi. "We aim to provide new
directions to assist in developing policy measures that counter the harmful
impacts that illicit trade in small arms and light weapons have on vulnerable
populations, especially on women and children."
must recognize the prevention of arms exports to territories where women are
systematically affected by sexualand armed gender-based violence and
where rape under threat of a weapon isfrequently usedas a
political or religious tool against vulnerable groups, particularly during
armed conflicts. Current national laws on
violence against women are not adequately protecting the victims of
armed conflicts, human trafficking, or domestic violence. For instance, rape is
the most common offence in many parts of the world, including Liberia, India,
and Fiji. Therefore, the second negotiating
conference on the ATT that will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York
from 18-28 March 2013 must reflect on the scope and objectives of
Please join us, convene meetings to formulate strategy, build coalitions and facilitate national and global advocacy to end armed
gender-based violence. See the organizations that have endorsed the call for
"Make It Binding Campaign" by clicking here!
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