News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • Canada: Families and Small Communities Pay A Terrible Price for Gun Violence
    Victims of violence are calling on politicians to save the firearms registry. “The recent suggestion that the support for the registry is drive by ‘Toronto elites’ should not be dignified with a response,” said founder of Canadians Against Violence (CAVEAT), Priscilla de Villiers. “Rates of firearm death and injury are higher in rural areas because guns are more readily available. Women and police officers are more likely to be killed with firearms in smaller communities. Rates of suicide and accidents are also much higher.”
  • Women Making Peace: UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On
    IANSA women actively participated in an experts’ meeting and a public forum hosted by the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Sustainability and Peace to assess progress made towards integrating women’s voices, perspectives and skills in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
  • Canada: Toronto victims support long-gun registry
    Let us not forget the victims. That was the message from a group of people who gathered at Toronto Police headquarters Wednesday, united by tragic circumstances and desperate pleas to save the long-gun registry.
  • Former Chilean president Bachelet to head new high-profile UN women’s agency
    Today UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head United Nations Women (UN Women), a newly created entity to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs.
  • International: PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update: July-August 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.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - September 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.
  • International: Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence: Newsletter 13 - August 2010
    IANSA women are delighted that information from the women’s portal and mailing lists has been included, particularly successes reported from Kenya, research from the Caribbean, and women’s experience from Brazil. This highlights how information from and by IANSA women is being used by both members and allies in their work on small arms control and armed violence prevention, and underscores what a valuable resource our network is.
  • Asia and the Pacific: Women in peace processes
    Ten years since UN Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was passed “reaffirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts”, peacemaking still largely excludes women. Casting a specific focus on Asia and the Pacific, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue project, ‘Women at the peace table: Asia Pacific’, aims to both examine and enhance women’s contributions to peace processes across the region.
  • USA: Legal Guns
    Last week Solomon Mhlongo was sentenced to an effective 23 years in prison for the murder of his common-law wife Elizabeth and five-year old daughter Tlaleng. Two years earlier he emptied a magazine of bullets into Elizabeth and Tlaleng, stopped to reload and then continued firing until the gun jammed.
  • Canada: The long-gun registry is an essential tool
    As you may know, in November 2009 in Canada, the House of Commons passed the second reading of Private Member’s Bill C-391, which proposes to abolish the requirement to register rifles and shotguns. The vote to determine the future of the registry is now delayed until next month (September 2010) when the House of Commons will decide whether or not to abandon the registry. Women’s groups from across the country, including the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights, insist that the registry is an essential tool in combating violence against women. Here is their latest press release.
  • Canada: New victims' advocate urged to back gun registry
    The new federal ombudsman for victims of crime should speak out in support of the long-gun registry because it helps protect the public, says her predecessor.
  • USA: No easy way out: Domestic violence strikes all kinds of families
    A recent tragedy involving an educated, successful couple is a reminder that domestic violence can hit home anywhere. When Dr. Chukwudubem Okafor fired one bullet into his wife Cheryl's head and two more into her chest - then put the handgun in his mouth and again pulled the trigger - the murder-suicide seemed to defy all logic.
  • UN Special Rapportuer on Violence Against Women - Individual Complaints Process
    This may be particularly useful to highlight the impact of gun violence upon women in your country or community, and for those of you working on the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign. The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, is mandated to seek and receive information on violence against women, its causes and consequences from Governments, treaty bodies, specialized agencies, other special rapporteurs responsible for various human rights questions and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including women's organizations, and to respond effectively to such information.
  • UN SCR 1325: 10th anniversary - Peacewomen resources
    The occasion of the 10th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is not only a commemoration of the historic achievements that have been made - it also provides an invaluable opportunity to assess the effectiveness of implementation to date.
  • UNIFEM: 1325 anniversary petition
    There is a new initiative underway at the United Nations to bolster women’s equal participation in peacebuilding and you can help.
  • PeaceWomen ENews: Editorial by Margot Wallström
    The latest edition of PeaceWomen ENews features a special editorial from UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström. In it she writes, "Survivors are their own best advocates. I hope to not only champion their cause, but to empower them to create a permanent and globally-networked pressure group. We all need to join forces to maintain the current momentum on 1325, 1820 and related resolutions well beyond the October milestone."
  • International: UNINSTRAW virtual discussion - DDR - Final Summary
    During the three-week virtual discussion, more than 315 experts from 62 countries around the world registered, exchanging experiences and discussing good practices, lessons learned and recommendations for integrating gender into DDR processes. This summary highlights some of the main issues that were addressed by participants during the discussion. Additionally, this document contains a bibliography of related documents.
  • International: Monthly Action Points for the Security Council - August 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.
  • International: Virtual Discussion on the Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of UNSCR1325
    The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW as part of UN Women), the Swedish National Defence College, and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) are pleased to announce the launching of a three-week virtual dialogue “The Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UN SCR 1325)”.
  • USA: Oregon Officer Wife-Abuse Probe Preceded Killings
    A suicide-killing rampage by an Oregon sheriff's officer in February leaves critics wondering why district attorneys were not involved in a domestic-violence investigation of the officer in 2009 and why he kept his badge and gun.