July 27, 2021 @ 14:00 – July 27, 2021 @ 15:30


The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and the Government of Canada invite you to an interactive side event marking the launch of UNIDIR’s new report Women Managing Weapons: Perspectives for Increasing Women’s Participation in Weapons and Ammunition Management. Based on quantitative analysis and interviews with practitioners, this report offers an overview of women’s participation in technical arms control, including main challenges as well as good practices for fostering gender equality in WAM.

Panelists will share their insights on how to unlock professional opportunities for women in WAM and transform power and gender relations not only amongst individuals and households, but also at the institutional level, a fundamental aspect of achieving true gender equality. They will discuss how the field of WAM can be more inclusive and what this means for arms control and the wider security sector.


Opening Remarks

  • Angelica Liao-Moroz, Director of Weapons threat Reduction Programme, Global Affairs Canada. 


  • Bojana Balon, Head of UNDP’s South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC).
  • Afifa Habbassi, Explosive Hazard technical specialist, United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS).
  • Afua Agyeiwaa Lamptey, Deputy Head Conflict Management Programme, Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre. 
  • Lawrie Clapton, Head of Weapons and Ammunition Management, HALO TRUST.


  • Hana Salama, Researcher Gender and Disarmament Programme, UNIDIR.

Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Robin Geiss, Director, UNIDIR



27 July 2021, 8:00-9:30 EST (14:00 - 15:30 CEST), Zoom.


UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts from States, civil society and international organisations.


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