Even in the most challenging contexts, there are many ways mine action can improve the lives of women. Those include listening to their concerns and opinions, and involving them as much as possible in the activities and the decision-making processes that impact on their lives. GMAP has recently visited the mine action programme in Afghanistan, one of the earliest and biggest mine action programmes in the world.
The HALO Trust invited GMAP to their offices in Kabul to learn about the programme, discuss gender and diversity in mine action with the staff and identify gaps and good practices. The cultural, religious and security context makes it a particularly challenging programme for the integration of gender and diversity considerations. Nevertheless, HALO wants to make sure that all steps are taken to ensure that the programme includes, consults and benefits women, girls, boys and men from diverse groups. GMAP provided concrete recommendations on ways the programme can further include and benefit women affected by landmine contamination. A monitoring visit will assess the work done and the progress achieved in a few years.