General Assembly resolution 65/69 recognizes the valuable contribution of women to practical disarmament measures in the prevention and reduction of armed violence and armed conflict, and in promoting disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control and calls for the promotion of the equitable representation of women in all decision-making processes with regard to matters related to disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control.

UNLIREC supports implementation of this resolution by working with national and regional arms control and regulating authorities, law enforcement, judicial operators and legislators with a view to:

  • integrating gender-sensitive perspectives into national arms control measures.
  • Increasing the participation of female officers working on security and arms control.
  • bolstering the technical capacity of women trained in specialized arms control measures.
  • empowering women to meaningfully contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through practical disarmament efforts.
  • generating evidence-based dialogue on the status of firearms possession and use in academic settings with a focus on women and girls.

With the support of:

Canada

Sweden

European Union

Fact Sheets

Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control

Specialised Course on Firearms Investigations from a Gender Perspective (FIGP)

Publications

Women Forces of Change

Forces of Change IV: Latin American and Caribbean women promoting disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control

Forces of Change III: Latin American and Caribbean women share experiences on disarmament, security and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal

Forces of Change II: Recognizing the Contribution of Latin American and Caribbean Women to Disarmament

Forces of Change: Profiles of Latin American and Caribbean Women Combating Illicit Trafficking in Small Arms

Gender and small arms control

Preventing violence against women through arms control in Latin America and the Caribbean

[Versão em português] Prevenção da violência contra as mulheres por meio do controle de armas na América Latina e Caribe

[Version française] Prévention de la violence contre les femmes par le contrôle des armes en Amérique latine et dans les Caraïbes

Legal studies

Normative study: Making the link between norms on violence against women and small arms control and regulation norms: Analysis of CARICOM States

[Available in Spanish] Normative study: Making the link between norms on violence against women and small arms control and regulation norms: Analysis of Central America, Colombia, Mexico and D. Republic

[Available in Spanish] Normative study: Making the link between norms on violence against women and small arms control and regulation norms: Analysis of South America

[Disponible en française] Étude juridique: Établir le lien entre les normes de prévention de la violence contre les femmes et les normes de contrôle et de réglementation des armes de petit calibre - Analyse de Haïti

[Disponível em português] Estudo normativo: A correlação necessária entre as normas sobre violência contra a mulher e as normas de regulamentação e controle de armas pequeñas: Análise dos países da América do Sul

[Available in Spanish] Normative study: Making the link between norms on violence against women and small arms control and regulation norms: specific case of Peru

News

UNLIREC trained forensic professionals and officials of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Argentina on gender perspectives in applicable to firearms- related criminal investigations From 9 to 19 May 2022, the United Nations Regions Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the Women’s Office of…
Trinidad and Tobago: Police presents initiatives to prevent domestic violence UNLIREC organized a webinar on the use of firearms in acts of violence against women with the participation of different government sectors and civil society in Trinidad and Tobago. On…
UNLIREC held webinar on the importance of firearms control in preventing armed violence against women in Jamaica On 3 May 2022, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security hosted…
UNLIREC delivers training to justice and security sectors in the Dominican Republic on applying gender perspectives into firearms-related criminal investigations From the 25 April to 6 May 2022, the United Nations Regions Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the Dominican…
UNLIREC conducted a web seminar in the Dominican Republic on the importance of arms control in the prevention of violence against women On April 12, UNLIREC,  together with the Ministry of Women of the Dominican Republic, held a virtual seminar on “Measures to prevent armed violence against women” in which more than…
UNLIREC held a webinar for Peruvian institutions on the importance of gun control in the prevention of violence against women On Tuesday 1 March 2022, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Directorate of Security and…
UNLIREC organizes a virtual event on measures to prevent armed violence against women in Haiti On 15 December 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Ministry on Women’s Condition and…
Symposium: Forces for Change 2021. Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control in Latin America and the Caribbean On 8 December 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) held the Symposium ‘Female Forces for Change’ to celebrate…
Regional Meeting “20 years after the adoption of the Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons (PoA): progress and challenges in the inclusion of gender considerations” On 6 December 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) held a technical meeting that brought together officials from…
UNLIREC conducted training on gender perspective in the investigation of crimes involving firearms aimed at Mexican officials From 30 August to 10 September 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in cooperation with the National Institute…
UNLIREC trains Guatemalan police and justice staff in firearms investigation from the gender perspective From 12-23 July 2021, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in collaboration with the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs,…
UNLIREC launches Forces of Change IV publication and celebrates the tenth anniversary of Resolution 65/69 on Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control On 8 December 2020, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) launched the fourth edition of the Forces of Change…
UNLIREC and the Women’s Office in Argentina conduct video conference on “Firearms and Gender-Based Violence: Bridging the Gap” On Wednesday 25 November, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and in the framework of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based…
UNLIREC conducts virtual seminar on “Measures for preventing armed violence against women” for officials from El Salvador On 15 October 2020, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of…
UNLIREC holds webinar on “Measures for preventing armed violence against women” for institutions and authorities from Cajamarca, Peru On 1 October 2020, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), in coordination with the decentralized Ministry of Foreign Affairs…
UNLIREC and Instituto Sou da Paz promote a discussion on the impacts and challenges of the presence and use of firearms in schools On 30 September, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) and Instituto Sou da Paz conducted a webinar on the…
Regional webinar on how small arms control can help to prevent violence against women in the time of COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean On 7 July 2020, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) carried out its first regional webinar on how small…
UNLIREC holds Caribbean Sub-Regional Seminar “Preventing Armed Violence Against Women Through Arms Control” in Trinidad and Tobago As part of the Canada-funded project “Building Momentum for the Regional implementation of A/RES/65/69 on Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control”, UNLIREC - in cooperation with the Ministry of National…
UNLIREC holds Sub-Regional Seminar “Fostering Violence Prevention against Women through Arms Control. Every Woman Counts” in El Salvador As part of the Canada-funded project “Building Momentum for the Regional implementation of A/RES/65/69 on Women, Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Control”, the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development…
UNLIREC’s First Symposium on Women and Security held in Peru for over 40 women ‘Forces of Change’ from the region The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean undertook its first “Symposium on Women and Security” from 12 to 13 December in…
UNLIREC provides firearms evidence management assistance to Dominican Republic and promotes the contribution of women in the prevention and reduction of armed violence United Nations General Assembly resolution (A/RES/65/69) recognizes the specific contribution of women at the local, national, regional and sub-regional levels in the prevention and reduction of armed violence in non-conflict…