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.

NPA deminers in Burma valley, Zimbabwe

The GICHD is committed to promoting gender and diversity in its work, as reflected in the Centre’s Gender and Diversity Policy. The GICHD also hosts the Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP).

The following GICHD publications focus on gender specifically, or have sections dedicated to the topic:

A Guide to Contracting in Mine Action

Livelihoods Analysis of Landmine Affected Communities in Afghanistan

Handover of released land: Common procedures and good practices

Gender and Priority-Setting in Mine Action

To find out more about gender in mine action:

UN Gender Guidelines for Mine Action Programmes | UNDP website

Gender and Landmines from Concept to Practice | GMAP website

For further information, please contact GICHD Gender and Diversity working group gnd(at)