News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • Brazil: The film "Right to Mourn" awarded at International Film Festival
    08/Nov/2010
    The documentary film Luto como Mãe" (Right to Mourn) has won the award for Best Documentary at the International Film Festival of Bolívia (FENAVID), in Santa Cruz de La Sierra.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - November 2010
    07/Nov/2010
    As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we are pleased to share the latest Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council.
  • Gender and the UN Programme of Action: Including all voices
    04/Nov/2010
    Many thanks to Maribel Gonzales of Project Ploughshares for sharing this article ‘Gender and the UN Programme of Action: Including all voices’ from the latest edition of The Ploughshares Monitor, the quarterly journal of Project Ploughshares.
  • Launch of New 16 Days Website
    04/Nov/2010
    The new website for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence has been launched - http://16dayscwgl.rutgers.edu
  • UN business: women, guns and small arms control
    26/Oct/2010
    "It is not about feminism, it is about business. Member states give us money to implement projects, and if I implement a project that only affects 50 percent of the population, that is bad business." Agnes Marcaillou, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.
  • The Philippines: 1325 and the violent world of small arms
    25/Oct/2010
    Earlier this year the Philippines became the first country in Asia to launch a National Action Plan to implement SRC1325, and in a bold move, the control of small arms was made a key part of the strategy. This article is by IANSA woman, Jasmin Nario Galace.
  • International: Virtual peace conference: 1325 Cyberdialogue
    14/Oct/2010
    The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) in partnership with a number of other international organisations* has announced a virtual peace conference connecting women from conflict zones around the world to examine progress made since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 in 2000.
  • Canada: IANSA woman spends 20 years successfully fighting for gun control
    12/Oct/2010
    This article focuses on IANSA women Wendy Cukier in Canada and gives some insight into her experience and work, and the obstacles she encounters along the way.
  • Arms Trade Treaty Prepcom: 12-23 July 2010 - SALW and Ammunition
    12/Oct/2010
    This is a summary of references to SALW and Ammunition by States during the ATT Prepcom 12-23 July 2010.
  • Canada: Launch of Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
    07/Oct/2010
    On 5 October 2010, Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Canada’s Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) on Women, Peace and Security. The Plan does not specifically refer to small arms control although disarmament planning and processes are included.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - October 2010
    07/Oct/2010
    As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we are pleased to share the latest Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council.
  • Trinidad & Tobago at UN General Assembly 2010: Women, peace and security
    29/Sep/2010
    On 25 September 2010, the UN Secretary-General met with H.E. Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in the margins of the 65th General Assembly. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar became the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on 26 May 2010, and is current Chair of the Commonwealth, and Chair of Caricom's High Level Group on Security. The meeting highlighted the importance of the fight against organised crime and small arms proliferation, not just for Trinidad and Tobago, but for the entire Caribbean region.
  • Brussels Conference Conclusions: SCR 1325 'Ensuring women's participation in peace and security'
    28/Sep/2010
    On 9 September 2010 the European Union (EU) and Belgium organised an event in Brussels called 'Ensuring women’s participation in peace and security' to mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.
  • Geneva Conference Conclusions - Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action
    28/Sep/2010
    On 15-16 September 2010 the European Union (EU) and Belgium held an event in Geneva, Switzerland on 'Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action' to discuss the Protection agenda under UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.
  • DRC: Statement about mass rapes in DRC by UN SG's Network of Men Leaders
    22/Sep/2010
    Last year the African Union declared this decade, 2010-2020, the African Women’s Decade. Between July 30th and August 4th nearly 500 women and girls, and some boys and men, were raped in and around the village of Luvungi in the Eastern DRC in a campaign of ongoing terror waged by armed groups who use rape as a weapon of war. To date, armed groups and soldiers from the Congolese armed forces have raped over 200,000 women.
  • International: WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
    22/Sep/2010
    The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom emphasizes the links between military expenditure, the arms trade, violent conflict, and the reduction of available resources for social and economic development. Governments that spend excessive financial, technological, and human resources on their militaries divert resources from economic, social, and environmental programmes. The military-industrial-academic complex—composed of a state’s armed forces, the government, suppliers of weapons systems and services (corporations), and academic institutions that conduct research on weapon systems and designs—absorbs vast amounts of funding that could otherwise be spent on human security, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Furthermore, funds reserved for development initiatives are increasingly spent on emergency relief and rehabilitation operations to clean up after violent conflict.
  • Virtual Discussion: The Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
    21/Sep/2010
    From Tuesday 3 August - Monday 23 August 2010, the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW as part of UN Women), the Swedish National Defence College, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) hosted a virtual dialogue entitled, “The Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325)."
  • Launch of the UN-INSTRAW UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan Map
    21/Sep/2010
    The Gender, Peace and Security Programme of UN-INSTRAW (as part of UN Women) announces the launch of the new UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan interactive map.
  • West Africa: Backing UN SCR 1325 promoting role of women in peace and security
    21/Sep/2010
    On 17 September 2010, West African countries moved towards ensuring the equal participation and full involvement in all peace and security issues in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Representatives of 16 countries across the region adopted the Dakar Declaration after a three-day forum in the Senegalese capital that considered how West Africa can better implement resolution 1325.
  • Canada: Why gun control is really a gender issue
    20/Sep/2010
    Mavis Moore was 4 years old the first time she faced the barrel of a long gun. A neighbour pointed his .22 at the girl and her mother when they stopped by to pick up a newspaper in their small Saskatchewan town. Sixty-eight years later, Moore remembers dropping one blue angora mitten in the snow as the man stood above them on his steps. “You can't imagine what it's like, this adult man having a gun on you and threatening to kill you and your mother,” she says.