News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • USA: Signs almost always precede deadly domestic violence cases
    11/Jun/2012
    As the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence gets underway from 11-17 June 2012, this very informative and detailed article highlights the need to improve policy and practice in order to keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence perpetrators, not only in the US, but globally - the central aim of the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign. It also shows the links between masculinity, guns and violence against women.
  • UN SCR 1325: WILPF initiative on National Action Plans
    16/May/2012
    Many thanks to PeaceWomen/WILPF for sharing details of their UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan (NAP) Initiative. This initiative joins peacewomen.org as another tool for information sharing, awareness raising and advocacy.
  • New report confirms guns as risk factor in intimate partner femicide
    15/May/2012
    The project PROTECT aims at contributing to the prevention and reduction of the most serious forms of gender-based violence against girls, young women and their children, such as grievous bodily harm, homicide and attempted homicide, including so-called honour crimes and killings. The main results of the project are summarised in the report, ‘PROTECT - Identifying and Protecting High Risk Victims of Gender Based Violence – 2011.’
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - May 2012
    14/May/2012
    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 for May 2012.
  • India: New Website - Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network
    11/May/2012
    The Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network attempts to lift women above the trauma and agony faced in armed conflict by helping them to find ways to heal the scars that decades of violence have caused to the community, though a gender sensitive approach to the gun crisis.
  • Week of Action: International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict
    06/May/2012
    We are excited to share news from the Nobel Women’s Initiative about the launch of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict with a Week of Action from 6–13 May 2012.
  • Colombia: SCR 1325 - Civil Society Monitoring Report
    01/May/2012
    In Colombia, the Red Nacional de Mujeres, a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders has launched ‘Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report (2011)’. Although Colombia does not have a National Action Plan on SCR 1325, several organisations are working to influence the implementation of SCR 1325 and to give visibility to women’s roles in the prevention of conflicts, promotion of justice for women victims, and incorporation of a gender perspective in programs at the national level. Laws and policies have been adopted to overcome armed conflict and address human rights violations.
  • Michelle Bachelet briefs the UN Security Council on Women, Peace and Security
    30/Apr/2012
    On 24 April 2012, Michelle Bachelet UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women gave a briefing to the UN Security Council on Women, Peace and Security. Throughout the briefing, she stressed that implementation of the Council’s resolutions on women, peace and security requires women’s leadership. The text of her briefing to the UN Security Council is below.
  • Canada: A glaring omission: 1325 and small arms
    25/Apr/2012
    This article by Maribel Gonzales is published in the Project Ploughshares Monitor, Spring 2012 Volume 33 Issue 1.
  • New report: Responding to the needs of sexual violence survivors
    25/Apr/2012
    Thanks to colleagues at UNICEF working in the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility for sharing this report on ‘Responding to the Psychosocial and Mental Health Needs of Sexual Violence Survivors in Conflict-Affected Settings’. The report is another useful resource for our thinking as we finalise plans and materials for negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) taking place in July 2012. For many years now, IANSA women have engaged in campaigns and advocacy for measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women to be included in the ATT.
  • IANSA signs onto open letter to UN Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon on the new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
    24/Apr/2012
    IANSA is a signatory to this open letter from the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security to UN Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon about the upcoming appointment of a new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
  • Pakistan: Disarm Domestic Violence - survey results
    23/Apr/2012
    These are the results of a snapshot study conducted in districts of South Punjab including Multan, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur and DG Khan by IANSA members at Awaz Foundation Pakistan: Centre for Development Services.
  • India: Women In The Shadow Of The Gun
    04/Apr/2012
    This article focuses on IANSA woman, Binalakshmi Nepram in India who works with Manipuri women who face a dual violence – when their men are killed and in the deprivation that follows.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - April 2012
    03/Apr/2012
    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 for April 2012.
  • Calls for gun control in Israel
    29/Mar/2012
    Information about The Gun Free Kitchen Tables project has broadcast on ABC, the Australian national radio channel. Journalist Anne Barker has successfully summarised both the context and the key issues into this brief radio piece. Notably, it documents the words of Yaakov Amit, Head of the Firearms Licensing Division at Israel’s Ministry of Public Security, effectively revealing Israel’s oversized, dangerously unregulated – and (of course) armed – security guard industry, “The law to do with firearms … needs further amendment and reorganisation. … We're also checking to see if all places that are guarded now need to be.”
  • Papua New Guinea: The Importance of National Commissions by Helen Hakena, Chair of the PNG SALW Women’s Working Committee
    22/Mar/2012
    Bougainville, the region I come from in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is still coping with the impact of a 20-year civil war that ended in 2004 and resulted in the deaths of 15,000 - 20,000 people. Bougainville women, men and children suffered a great deal. Health, education and other essential services were non-existent during this period.
  • IANSA woman Alice Ukoko recognised by Worldwide Who's Who
    12/Mar/2012
    IANSA woman Alice Ukoko, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women of Africa, has been recognised by Worldwide Who's Who for her work, dedication and leadership in support of women’s rights and gender equality.
  • UN Secretary-General appoints Angela Kane of Germany - High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
    08/Mar/2012
    In exciting news from the United Nations, the UN Secretary-General has selected Ms. Angela Kane of Germany as High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.
  • Dreaming on a Mountain: from Women's Day to Women's Power
    07/Mar/2012
    IANSA woman Rebecca Johnson wrote this article for International Women’s Day and says, “When millions of women rise around the world, we won't need an International Women's Day. When millions of women rise around the world we'll be able to harness all the days, years and resources we need to deal with climate change, poverty, violence and war.”
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - March 2012
    05/Mar/2012
    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 for March 2012.