Gender and Diversity as part of Afghanistan’s National Mine Action Strategic Plan

During spring 2016, the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) adopted a new National Mine Action Strategic Plan 1395-1399 (2016-2020). Gender and diversity mainstreaming (GoaIMG_2834_C_UNMACAl 4) are at the forefront in this plan, as one the plan’s four main objectives. From April 26 to May 3, 2016, GMAP Programme Manager Nicola Sandhu worked with members from the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA) to support the implementation of the gender and diversity components of the plan.  GMAP organized a two-day workshop which was attended by 37 participants from 22 organizations (49% women and 51% men). The workshop covered topics including general gender and diversity issues, gender and diversity sensitive recruitment and employment, and was used as a participative forum to facilitate the development of a draft Gender and Diversity Policy (currently under review – June 2016).

Better Victim Assistance – Mainstreaming gender and diversity into Victim Assistance (CCW Protocol V – Meeting of Experts)

On April 7, 2016, GMAP was invited to the DSCN3175CCW Protocol V Meeting of Experts session on Cooperation and Assistance and Victim Assistance to present on age and gender sensitive victim assistance.

GMAP highlighted that a gender and diversity sensitive needs assessment should be carried out to ensure that victim assistance responds and is tailored to the needs of different groups. By including gender and diversity dimensions from the first stages of victim assistance, we can better meet the needs and respect the rights of all individuals impacted by mine and ERW contamination.

Supporting the Development of Gender and Diversity-Sensitive Mine Action Standards in Ukraine

Arianna UkraineHazards like mines, cluster munitions, and other ordnance leftover from recent hostilities in the East of Ukraine threaten the safety and security of boys, men, girls and women living in those areas and have forced many to flee. National authorities and stakeholders are stepping up their efforts to do what’s necessary to eliminate the danger posed by these hazards.

GMAP, in partnership with the GICHD and the OSCE Project Coordinator Unit and thanks to funding from the German government, is supporting these efforts by providing expertise and advice. On 17 March 2016, GMAP participated in a workshop with the national stakeholders to define what national mine action standards need to be drafted, the process and the timeline. GMAP also carried out a session highlighting how conflict affects people differently  and facilitated a short discussion and analysis of key gender and diversity dimensions that mine action actors should take into account in the national mine action standards for Ukraine to deliver more effective, efficient, equitable, and inclusive mine action – simply better mine action for all.

GMAP at the 19th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors Geneva

resize(1)Arianna Calza Bini, director of the Gender and Mine Action Programme, participated in a panel on Transformation and Innovation in mine action at the 19th International Meeting of  Mine Action National Programme Directors and United Nations Advisors in Geneva on 18 February, 2016. Her presentation highlighted GMAP’s work with partners (UN, National Mine Action Authorities, GICHD, operators) towards making commitments to mainstream gender and diversity in mine action programmes more concrete and measurable.

UNMAS and donors such as Australia, DFID, Germany, Switzerland and the US State Department have supported GMAP’s work to conduct capacity development, gender and diversity baseline assessments of mine action programmes and development of strategies and action plans  in Afghanistan, South Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Multi-year funding from the Netherlands and DFID  has allowed GMAP to conduct baseline assessments, training and action planning with MAG’s programmes in DRC, Libya, Lebanon, Iraq, South Sudan, Lao PDR and Vietnam, and follow up monitoring visits to assess progress towards the action plans, identify outstanding challenges, draw lessons and conduct refresher training. GMAP’s collaboration with NPA humanitarian disarmament and the HALO Trust was also mentioned.

Some of the results achieved by partners that GMAP has collaborated with were mentioned, as well as the intention to increase efforts to measure results.

Maison de la Paix Gender & Diversity Hub 

#MakeItHappen on 8 March, the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP), and the Small Arms Survey (SAS) are pleased to announce the creation of the Maison de la Paix-based Gender and Diversity Hub with the aim of fostering inclusive peace and security policy, research and practice.

This hub aims to be a knowledge broker on gender and diversity in peace and security, by fostering links between national and international policy makers, experts, researchers, and activists working in the fields of security sector reform, inclusive institutions, humanitarian mine action, small arms and light weapons and armed violence.

Hosting various institutions working in the field of peace and security, the Maison de la Paix provides a unique opportunity to create significant exchanges, networks and synergies between its partners.

For more information, please contact or follow the G&D Hub on Facebook

Side event at 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisers

At the 18th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and UN Advisers (Geneva, 16-19 February 2015), GMAP co-hosted a side event with the GICHD to launch its two new toolkits: Gender & Diversity in Mine Action Quality Management and Gender & Diversity in Contracting and Grants Management


Outcomes of GMAP’s work in Afghanistan and South Sudan

During 2013 GMAP supported the mine action programmes in Afghanistan and South Sudan to develop gender mainstreaming strategies. Initial outcomes of this work are included in this document.

Side event on effective and inclusive non-technical survey at 3rd Review Conference of APMBC in Maputo

GMAP co-organised with the GICHD and MAG a side event on effective and inclusive non-technical survey chaired by Helen Gray of the GICHD, where representatives from the HALO Trust, DanChurch Aid, Norwegian People’s Aid, the Mines Advisory Group, the Government of Australia and the Gender and Mine Action Programme shared their experiences and lessons learned. The event was attended by 55 people from States delegations and mine action organisations.


Gender Mainstreaming in Project Cycle Management, Nov 2013

On 5th November 2013 GMAP was invited by UNMAS to give a presentation on Gender Mainstreaming in Project Cycle Management at a meeting of the  Global Protection Cluster Mine Action Area of Responsibility (click to view presentation)

GMAP training in Afghanistan

GMAP carried out a series of thematic trainings on gender in mine action in November 2013 with the Mine Action Programme of Afghanistan (MAPA), including government and UN agencies, NGOs and commercial operators. This was a follow up to the gender baseline assessment carried out in May 2013 and has enabled GMAP to present the findings and recommendations of the assessment as well as to facilitate in depth discussions about their practical implementation.


During the visit GMAP also conducted a two day workshop with forty senior managers and government representatives to elaborate a gender mainstreaming strategy that was adopted by all stakeholders in the MAPA. GMAP invited a Molawi, a prominent preacher in a Kabul mosque to open each workshop with a brief introduction to the teachings of the Quran on the rights and responsibilities of men and women in Islam.

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