Advocacy and Campaigns

Members of the IANSA Women’s Network work are actively engaged in disarmament initiatives; ending gun violence in the home; awareness-raising about the problems of small arms availability and misuse; monitoring and evaluation of weapons disposal programmes, and in formulating long-term strategies to combat the global gun crisis.

This article by IANSA woman Jasmin Nario-Galace considers the presence and participation of women on UN member state delegations at the 4th Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT Prepcom) in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

Many governments claim they are very committed to the Women, Peace and Security agenda. Yet, somehow, the Arms Trade Treaty is being treated differently and is considered to represent a separate set of issues, even though one of its outcomes will surely be to help prevent insecurity and conflict.

IANSA women are participating in the 4th Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee (13-17 February 2012) and will build on past successes. Our latest position paper, 'The Arms Trade Treaty: An Important Opportunity to Prevent Gender Based Violence at Gunpoint' includes why and how the ATT must include measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women.

Le Comité Préparatoire (PrepCom) du Traité sur le Commerce des Armes (TCA) du 13 au 17 février 2012 présente une opportunité pour que nous appelions à nos gouvernements à adopter un TCA qui couvrirait les armes légères et de petit calibre (ALPC) dans le champ d’application du traité. Comme nous le savons, les ALPC tuent les êtres humains plus que toutes les autres armés dans le monde. Ce sont aussi les outils qui facilitent la violence contre les femmes à la fois dans les situations de conflit et de non-conflit.

Nos alegra compartir con ustedes un recurso nuevo con relación a la cuarta sesión del Comité Preparatorio (PrepCom) para el Tratado sobre Comercio de Armas (TCA).

This article by Ray Acheson of Reaching Critical Will of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) calls for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that will not merely be used as a procedural authorisation of arms transfers. WILPF calls for the ATT to be a strong tool with the primary purpose of preventing armed conflict, preventing the violation of human rights and international humanitarian law, and seriously reducing the culture and economy of militarism.

From 26-30 September 2011, the African Union met in Togo to discuss small arms control through the African Union Strategy on the Control of Illicit Proliferation, Circulation and Trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons and to develop an African Common Position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). IANSA women formed part of the IANSA team of 13 members from Burkina Faso, Chad, DR Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Togo, Uganda and Zambia. They advocated for the inclusion of gender perspectives and the connection to gender based violence against women with measures on small arms control.

In October 2011, the IANSA Women’s Network provided input into and endorsed the WILPF-US White Paper on the development of a US National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.

We are pleased to share the final report from the seminar “Why Controlling Small Arms Matters to Women” held on 25 October 2011 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the First Committee of the UN General Assembly: Disarmament and International Security.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2011 was a great success.