UNRCPD Workshop for Pacific Island States on Gun Violence and Illicit Small-Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective

Activity description

On 12-15 November 2019, UNRCPD – as part of the project "Gun Violence and Illicit Small-Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective" – organized a workshop for Pacific Island States on 'Gun Violence and Illicit Small-Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective' in Suva, Fiji. The event, which is part of a series of sub-regional and regional workshops on Women, Peace and Security, gathered, inter alia, senior-level representatives of leading national and regional non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on gender-related issues, members of parliaments from Pacific States dealing with arms-control issues, as well as international experts and UN officials. The workshop aimed to strengthen the understanding of the participants on the importance of gender-responsive small arms control and provisions of key international arms control instruments, such as the Arms Trade Treaty and the United Nations Programme of Action on small arms.

Project description

The project '"Gun Violence and Illicit Small-Arms Trafficking from a Gender Perspective" aimed at preventing uncontrolled spread and misuse of SALW and promoting arms control, and particularly a gender perspective in this area. It consisted of four events; three sub-regional workshops for South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, and one conclusive regional Asia-Pacific seminar. These events were organized mainly for women leaders of NGOs focused on gender issues and women’s empowerment, as well as members of parliament (MPs) engaged in security and disarmament, from the Asia-Pacific countries most affected by gun violence. The project sought to further disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control objectives by strengthening women’s participation in the combat against illicit trade in SALW and bringing NGOs together with disarmament-engaged MPs for possible cooperation on this endeavour. The project focused on empowering women to participate in discussions on and initiate advocacy and awareness raising for efforts to combat illicit SALW trade and enhance national SALW control. Efforts will mainly be towards national implementation of the UN Programme of Action on SALW and ratification of/accession to, and implementation of, the Arms Trade Treaty. 

Type of Activity
Institutional capacity-building
Sensitization and outreach
Focus of Activity
Border controls
Gender based violence (GBV)
International instruments
National action plan (NAP)
Regional cooperation
Regional instruments
Risk assessments
Small arms and light weapons (SALW) controls
Transfer controls
Transit and trans-shipment controls
New Zealand
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA)
United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD)
European Union (EU)
Contact Details


KSK Building, 4th Floor, Ward No. 5, Lagankhel, Lalitpur

Tel.: +97715548581
E-mail: info@unrcpd.org
Point of Contact: Ida Scarpino, project coordinator
E-mail: ida.scarpino@un.org