Forty judicial authorities from nine provinces of Argentina participated in the “Specialized Course for Judges on Firearms Cases from a Gender Perspective (FIGPJ), ” organised by UNLIREC.

From 1 to 10 June June 2022, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the Women’s Office of the Supreme Court of Justice of Argentina, carried out the first Specialized Course for Judges on Firearms Cases from a Gender Perspective (FIGPJ)’.

The capacity-building activity aims at raising awareness among judicial authorities on the importance of applying gender perspectives in firearms-related criminal investigations and strengthen their technical knowledge to incorporate gender perspectives in cases of violence against women in which firearms are involved.

The FIGPJ course took place virtually and benefitted from the participation of different judicial authorities, who shared their previous experiences in cases of violence against women.

The training course took place during the ‘Global Week of Action against Gun Violence’, promoted by the International Action Network on Small Arms-IANSA. The global campaign seeks to raise awareness on the impacts of armed violence and urges authorities to take adequate measures to tackle it. Course participant’s were invited to join the campaign under the slogan ‘Let’s work together: strict gun controls are urgent’. The course is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, mainly with Goals 5 and 16, which aim to eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls, and reduce illicit arms flows.

This activity is part of the EU-funded project in support of gender mainstreamed policies, programmes and actions in the fight against small arms trafficking and misuse, in line with the Women, Peace and Security agenda.