Eastern Africa: Training of National Focal Points on the gender dimension of small arms

IANSA women at EASSI in Uganda are holding their third training on the gender dimension of small arms with funding from the European Union through the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA). EASSI is a lead regional civil society organisation advocating gender mainstreaming in small arms control.

Participants at the training are from National Focal Points on small arms from Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, Executive Director of EASSI said, "It is enriching to see the passion with which the gender dimension of the small arms issue is being embraced in Eastern Africa. In 2011 alone, just four trainees cascaded the training to over 250 practitioners from both civil society and the security sector."

The training will enable participants to understand and draw from examples such as the Guidelines for gender mainstreaming for the effective implementation of the UN PoA by IANSA/UNODA and the RECSA Gender Policy.