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.

Women in the Armed and Police Forces: Resolution 1325 and Peace Operations in Latin America 28 May 2010
The goal of this book is to contribute to the development of UN SCR 1325 especially on the eve of its 10th anniversary. It researches women's integration in the defence and security sphere and their contribution to peace operations in the region. The first part deals with the gender perspective in the current conflicts and developments of international security. The second part includes a comparative analysis on the female integration of the armed forces, the police and national contributions to UN peace operations.
Como te haces entender?’: Gender and Gun Cultures in the Caribbean Context 20 May 2010
The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) has released ‘Como te haces entender?’: Gender and Gun Cultures in the Caribbean Context, which addresses the research gap in social constructions of gun ownership and gun abuse through its engendered study of gun cultures in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. The work identifies the cultural, gender and socio-economic complexities influencing gun cultures, with case studies in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Together for Transformation - Men, Masculinities and Peacebuilding 19 May 2010
This May 24 Pack from the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) hopes to contribute towards further understanding masculinities and the inclusion of a gender perspective within the peace and security agenda. It introduces you to gender theory of war in an article by Cynthia Cockburn reflects on the link between militarisation, and includes the IANSA Women's Network briefing paper on masculinities and guns. The Pack includes recommendations for working together with male allies, and includes suggestions for funders, resources as well as actions, and a directory of organisations working for peace and gender justice.
Bulletin 22: Women at Work: Preventing Gun Violence 28 April 2010
This edition includes: Canada: Torturers, Guns and Bullets • Network news • Spain: Seminar on women and peacebuilding • Reinforcing disarmament • Renewed energy for the Control Arms Campaign • Central Africa: Recent activities • Meeting Margot Wallstrom Special Focus: UN Commission on the Status of Women • Guns - the unending cycle of violence and information about events and resources.
International: You get what you pay for! 20 April 2010
The enormous amounts of money spent on militarism would be more than enough to finance gender equality and the Millennium Development Goals. This does not mean that cuts in military expenditure would automatically lead to increased resources for gender equality and the advancement of women. To accomplish this, governments in all parts of the world need to introduce gender aware budgeting and reallocate resources spent on the military.
"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?
Jamaica: Strengthening Understandings of how Borders and Boundaries affect the Lives of Women and Men in the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Park Community 31 March 2010
This study examines the repercussions of crossing the 'borders' in the war-torn communities of Lyndhurst/Greenwich in Jamaica. Many of the participants described borders and boundaries as a physical barrier and or an invisible line or point of separation in communities. Many of these borders are created by very young men who exercise an extraordinary power, due to their access to guns and large amounts of cash from illegal activities. These borders affect everyone in the community by restricting movement, violating human rights and perpetuating an atmosphere of fear. Women, however, experience these criminal restrictions and the culture of violence and turf in uniquely devastating ways.
UNSCR 1325: Is it only about war? Armed violence in non-war contexts 29 March 2010
Instead of focusing on the operational gaps hindering the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), this publication argues that gaps are mostly product of the concepts of gender, violence, security that inform the Resolution. Two particular criticisms that have emerged in the analysis of 1325 will be addressed: i) the equation of violence as war, and particularly the equation of war gendered violence as violence suffered by women and girls only; and consequently ii) the idea of war and post-war at the domestic level as the main source of insecurity for women, the international community (of non-warring States) being the main guarantor of peace and security. By emphasising the articulations between war and peace zones both domestically and internationally, this paper will elaborate on one of the facets of violence production and reproduction omitted by the Resolution: armed violence in non war zones.
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.
DCAF Policy Paper: Poster Boys No More: Gender and Security Sector Reform in Timor-Leste 11 February 2010
Henri Myrttinen breaks new ground in examining the gender dimensions of the DDR and SSR processes in Timor-Leste, with a focus on the establishment of the police and armed forces. The paper explores issues such as: how men’s roles relate to gang violence and relationships of patronage that undermine the security services, how women have been incorporated into the new security services and how the security services are addressing gender-based violence.