Women, girls, boys and men of different ages and backgrounds have distinct roles and responsibilities within communities.
Mine action aims to reduce the human, social, economic and environmental impact of explosive remnants of war (ERW) and landmines. However, this can be fulfilled only by understanding the implications of any action on different groups of people.
In mine-affected areas, each group and individual is affected differently by contamination, and each holds different views on the problem. The needs, constraints, capacities and resources of women, girls, boys and men need to be analysed to ensure effective, sustainable and inclusive mine action. In addition, gender and diversity analysis and programming lead to more productivity, better working environments and higher quality services.
The principle of non-discrimination is at the core of internationally recognised human rights standards and, in the context of mine action, is reflected in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions.