GMAP’s participation in the 15th Meeting of the State Parties of Mine Ban Treaty in Chile has marked a very important milestone. For the first time in almost two decades since the entry into force of the treaty, gender and diversity issues were brought under spotlight in a plenary session.
As the expert organisation in the sector, GMAP was invited to take part in the panel on gender and mine action, where it had the opportunity to underline the importance of gender and diversity mainstreaming in policy, programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of mine action interventions. The panel was chaired by the Minister for Women and Gender Equality of Chile, Ms. Claudia Pascual, and other panellists were Ms. Tanya Parkin of Australia, Mr. Mohammad Shafiq of DMAC Afghanistan, Ms. Adriana Quiñones of UN Women, and Ms. Aisha Saeed of the Yemen Campaign to ban landmines for ICBL.
GMAP presented the continuous efforts to support stakeholders across the globe in mainstreaming gender and diversity in their programs and highlighted the progress that has been made over the last ten years. Some of the challenges and lessons learned were also presented.
GMAP-NPA’s short animation video, which explains why and how gender and diversity matter in mine action, was received with much appreciation, leaving a visual footprint in the minds of parties and stakeholders in the audience.