Make It Binding-Arms Trade Treaty

WILPF has launched a campaign to include a legally-binding provision on preventing armed gender-based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Take action today and join our campaign to guarantee the inclusion of prevention of gender-based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.

We are calling for a specific criterion in the treaty to forbid states from authorizing an international transfer of conventional arms where there is a substantial risk that the arms under consideration are likely to be used to perpetrate or facilitate acts of gender-based violence, including rape and other forms of sexual violence. See our policy paper on including gender-based violence in the ATT for more details.

At the end of March 2013, all governments in the world will come together to finalize the negotiations of an Arms Trade Treaty. This is our chance to make sure that prevention of armed gender-based violence (GBV) is included in the treaty. As we all know, any references and focus on gender have a tendency to end up merely as a secondary criterion or tend to be forgotten altogether. It is therefore important that WILPF members and civil society push our governments to support specific language on GBV in the treaty.

It is now time to mobilize and make a difference!