News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • Canada: Coalition for Gun Control Takes Aim at Myths About the Firearms Registry
    On 25 May 2010, Coalition for Gun Control President, and IANSA woman, Wendy Cukier testified before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) of Canada to oppose Bill C-391. Bill C-391 proposes to end the requirement to register non-restricted firearms, a critical element in Canada’s gun control policy. Wendy challenged myths about the registration of rifles and shotguns and present the facts on behalf of 300 public safety organisations including major police, public health, women’s safety and labour groups.
  • International: Peacewomen website relaunched
    PeaceWomen is pleased to announce the launch of the new upgraded website The website will provide a user-friendly online platform to access information and exchange resources on women, peace and security. The website also offers an increased level of interactivity where users can submit their own documents and updates and can create a MyPeaceWomen profile.
  • West Africa: West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) mark 24 May 2010
    The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is marking International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament on 24 May 2010.
  • Nepal: UNRCPD celebrate International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament
    On Monday 24 May 2010, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) celebrated the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.
  • International: PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update: April 2010
    The latest edition of PRIO's 'Gender, Peace and Security Update' is now available. PRIO is The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, part of the NISAT Coalition which is an IANSA member in Norway.
  • Canada: Remember mothers of gun victims
    Remembering the words of Suzanne Laplante-Edward, Audette Shephard, Karen Vanscoy, Elaine Lumley, Priscilla deVilliers and Louise de Sousa and all the other families who all lost children to guns on Mother's Day.
  • Papua New Guinea: An untold story of terror
    Kup Women for Peace from Papua New Guinea are now in Fiji raising awareness about and asking their government to take action to stop the gun violence currently affecting their communities. As a result of armed confrontations between neighbouring communities, which started nine months ago, schools and hospitals have been closed, development work has halted and foreign workers have withdrawn to safety.
  • International: A survivor speaks out
    In this interview given to the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK) survivor Betsy Kawamura talks about her experiences and activism.
  • International: Monthly Action Points for the Security Council: May 2010
    For May, in which Lebanon holds the Presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on country situations, such as Afghanistan, Chad/Central African Republic; Cote d'Ivoire; Iraq; Democratic Republic of Congo; Nepal; and Somalia.
  • USA: Pilot program aims to enforce mandatory firearms surrender laws
    Winnebago County is one of four counties participating in a pilot program designed to more effectively ensure that people comply with court orders to surrender firearms.
  • Canada: Health care experts say eliminating the registration of rifles and shotguns will put health and safety of Canadians at risk
    On 28 April 2010 twenty-eight medical, nursing, allied health and suicide prevention organisations and thirty-three professionals in the same fields, released an open letter to Members of Parliament in order to underscore the importance of the gun registry in helping to prevent domestic murders, accidents and suicides.
  • Canada: Guns are a world issue that hits close to home
    Whether in the Congo or in Canada, every one of the 200,000 civilian gun deaths which occur yearly in the world happens in a neighbourhood. That neighbourhood is connected not only to a community, but to the world at large.
  • Spain: Confronting weaponry - A business that knows no crisis
    On 25 April 2010 Women in Black Madrid held a vigil on the theme of 'Confronting weaponry: A business that knows no crisis'.
  • Kenya: IANSA women in Wajir celebrate victory
    IANSA women in Wajir (Kenya) are celebrating a major victory as the local government has agreed to share information about their small arms inventory and mark over 9,000 weapons.
  • International: Millennium Development Goals - civil society consultation
    The UN General Assembly High Level Plenary Meeting in September 2010 is an opportunity to consider armed violence reduction and prevention in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Similarly, gender equality and empowerment of women - the third MDG – cannot be achieved without eliminating gun violence against women.
  • International: Conference on Women's Safety - Building Inclusive Cities
    The Third International Conference on Women’s Safety, will take place on 22-24 November 2010 in Delhi, India. As we know, women’s lack of safety is a serious obstacle to achieving gender equality as it curtails women's mobility and limits their right to participate fully and freely as citizens in their communities.
  • International: Getting to peace: what kind of movement?
    This article by Cynthia Cockburn, a feminist researcher and writer, argues that today’s antiwar movements could become wider and deeper and more united if they took the critique of gender properly to heart. Cynthia's most recent book is From Where We Stand: War, Women's Activism and Feminist Analysis (Zed, 2007).
  • UK: Gun amnesty underway after women and daughter shot dead by ex-partner in murder-suicide
    A gun amnesty has been extended after it began in response to a shooting which left three people dead. Andrew Copland shot his ex-partner Julie Harrison and their four-year-old daughter Maisie before killing himself in Aldershot on 29 December 2009, an inquest ruled.
  • International: Call for Papers - Feminist Security Studies at ISA 2011
    As many of you know, Feminist Security Studies scholarship has proliferated in recent years raising important questions and critiques about the implications of global governance structures and institutions on women’s rights and gender equality, particular in areas of armed conflict and violent transition around the world.
  • International: Linking armed violence prevention and women's empowerment
    This announcement is of interest to those IANSA members with ECOSOC status at the UN, and provides an opportunity to highlight the links between armed violence prevention and women's empowerment.