Civil Society and Disarmament 2012

Applying a Disarmament Lens to Gender Human Rights, Development, Security, Education and Communication: Six Essays

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This publication contains essays by representatives of civil society organizations. The Office for Disarmament Affairs is publishing this publication within the context of General Assembly resolution 65/81 on the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme and Resolution 65/77 on the United Nations study on disarmament and non-proliferation education. This material is being made available in order to further an informed debate on topical issues of arms limitation, disarmament and security.



Incorporating a women, peace and security lens into disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programmes and priorities

As one of its primary goals, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) initiatives seek the means by which disarmament can best assist in the healing and reconciliation of communities damaged by armed violence, and which can address “the security problems that arise during the transition from conflict to peace, when ex-combatants are left without livelihoods or support networks”.3 Through efforts to disarm parties to conflict and to provide combatants with a sustainable path back to civilian life, DDR programmes represent an essential step in ensuring that conflict-affected communities are able to establish peaceful and secure futures.


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