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Gender Equality and the Arms Trade Treaty — Is a Seat at the Table the Key to Success?

By Roisin Putti



The draft decision of the Fifth Conference of State Parties (CSP5) to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), published last July, outlines how state parties hope to address the issue of gender inequality which pervades the area of arms trade [1]. An underlying theme of the decision is an issue which has occupied political scientists for many decades; is diversity of representation enough to secure outcomes which benefit the many rather than the few? Or should we be looking at the actual contributions of representatives, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, and other characteristics?




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