Publications

Publications on this site are organised into different types. The categories are in the side menu and reflect some of the themes that IANSA, and its members and allies work on. Alternatively, you can view the most recently added publications below.

IANSA publications

Since 1998 a wide range of publications and resource materials have been produced by the IANSA Network. Production has been possible with donations and grants and all publications are produced on a non-profit basis by a small staff, including interns and volunteers who have assisted with translations and at various other levels within the production process.

Please note: Not all of the titles within this section are necessarily IANSA publications, nor all publishers/authors IANSA members. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Towards a Typology of Wartime Rape 10 November 2010
This publication focuses solely on wartime rape perpetrated by armed groups against civilians, though this form of violence is perpetrated more widely by, and against, different actors during war. The wider perpetration of rape against other actors is not presented in this brief, but is nevertheless included in the Typology. The paper presents the progress to date in developing a typology of wartime rape as a first step toward understanding the different consequences of this form of violence in war.
"Now, The World Is Without Me": An Investigation of Sexual Violence in Eastern DRC 16 April 2010
"Now, The World Is Without Me": An Investigation of Sexual Violence in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is a recent report by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). With the support of Oxfam America and in collaboration with medical staff at Panzi Hospital, researchers from the HHI performed a retrospective cohort study of sexual violence survivors presenting to Panzi Hospital with a specific aim of answering the following outstanding questions: 1) When, where and how are women being attacked and what makes them vulnerable to sexual violence, and; 2) How has the rape epidemic in South Kivu evolved over the last five years?
Palestinian Women and Security : Why Palestinian Women and Girls Do Not Feel Secure 28 February 2010
This report presents the perspectives of Palestinian women and girls on issues related to security as well as their assessment of the services provided by local authorities and/ or the international community to address their security needs. It concludes with a series of recommendations made by Palestinian women and girls for improving these services. The findings of this report are based on focus group discussions and in-depth interviews conducted by the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) with Palestinian women and girls between June and November 2009 in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
Women peace and security: The role of an ATT 29 October 2009
This briefing paper argues that global standards for the international import, export and transfer of conventional arms and ammunition should prohibit transfers where there is a significant risk that the transfer will be in used to violate women’s human rights or perpetuate a pattern of gender-based violence. It argues that international law demands linking the norms of an ATT with UN Security Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, and 1889, and obligations under international human rights and international humanitarian law.
Women in the Crossfire: UNSCR 1325 and Small Arms 30 October 2008
UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 has proven to be a decisive mandate in the field of small arms policy and practice. This information sheet provides details of potential entry points.
Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Small Arms and Light Weapons 30 April 2008
This briefing is designed for use by organisations and individuals involved in peacebuilding practice and development. It forms part of an online series that synthesizes information on key issues related to small arms and light weapons and outlines recommendations for action.
Guns and roses: Gender and Armed Violence in Africa 03 November 2007
This paper focuses specifically on the nature and extent of armed violence, including sexual violence, against women, both during and after armed conflict as well as within the family domain, thereby illustrating the linkages between the various forms of gender violence. It will also briefly describe some of the interventions aimed at addressing this issue, ranging from UN resolutions to local community based programmes.
Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: Global Overview and Implications for the Security Sector 31 October 2007
This report demonstrates the horrifying scope and magnitude of sexual violence in armed conflict. The first part of the report, the Global Overview, profiles documented conflict-related sexual violence in 50 countries - in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East - that have experienced armed conflict over the past twenty years. Each profile contains a short summary of the conflict, a description of forms of sexual violence that occurred and, where available, quantitative data on sexual violence. The second part of the report, entitled Implications for the Security Sector, explores strategies for security and justice actors to prevent and respond to sexual violence in armed conflict and post-conflict situations. It focuses in particular on peacekeepers; police; the justice sector, including transitional justice; civil society initiatives; and how DDR programmes can address sexual violence.
Survivors: Women affected by gun violence speak out 31 May 2006
‘Survivors’ presents women’s experiences of gun violence in their own words. These experiences range from torture in Central Africa to domestic violence in Europe; from crossfire in Asia to grieving the loss of a murdered child in the Americas. Harrowing and at times hopeful, the sixteen stories paint a picture of the impact of guns on ordinary women’s lives.
Information kit on women and armed violence 05 January 2006
Accessible information sheets introducing the links between guns and violence against women including domestic violence, UN SCR 1325 and armed conflict.