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UNMAS and Gender Mainstreaming in Mine Action

In order to further the development of proper protection from and response to landmines and explosive remnants of war in conflict and post-conflict countries, the United Nations Mine Action Service and the International Mine Action Standards Review Board are taking the necessary steps to ensure gender perspectives become an integral part of national mine-action plans. This article briefly describes the evolution of gender mainstreaming in mine action and how UNMAS has addressed the issue.

Publication: The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction. Issue 13.3

Publication date: November 2009

About the authors: 

Aaron J. Buckley, is a former Advocacy and Information Officer with UNMAS; a lawyer with experience in the areas of human rights, rule of law, mine action and gender. He has served with the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping in Kosovo and Afghanistan, and with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

Akiko Ikeda, is a sociologist with experience in the areas of urbanization (slum improvement), social inclusion and gender. Ikeda has worked at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Democracy Fund of the United Nations Office for Partnerships, and the United Nations Development Programme in Nairobi, Kenya.