Gender Action Plan Launched

DDA leads UN Secretariat with first plan

In a first of its kind for the UN Secretariat, the Department of Disarmament Affairs (DDA) publicly launched a DDA Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan (GAP) on 15 April. It was developed with inputs from the UN Development Fund for Women and the UN Division for the Advancement of Women.

Covering the period from April 2003 to December 2005, DDA’s Plan was formulated through extensive consultations with all members of its staff. GAP’s first segment provides a brief overview of the underlying themes that relate to gender and disarmament in order to set the stage for looking at gender issues in the work of each branch of the Department.

At the panel discussion convened by DDA to launch the plan, entitled “Making disarmament more effective: men and women working together”, among the issues raised were women and disarmament, women making peace and women making war.

To see GAP and the full text of statements made at the launch, see the Gender and Disarmament link on the DDA web site