News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • 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.
  • Femicide: A Global Problem - New Research Note
    01/Mar/2012
    This Research Note confirms the importance of the focus and work of members of the IANSA Women’s Network around the world. It states, “Firearms play an important role in lethal violence, and the display of firearms—as a means to intimidate, threaten, or coerce someone—is a predictor of their actual use."
  • Call for applications: The Women PeaceMakers Programme
    29/Feb/2012
    This is an exciting opportunity for IANSA women. The Women PeaceMakers Programme of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) of the University of San Diego, California is calling for applications from peacemakers to participate in an eight-week residency during 2012.
  • Israel: Gun Free Kitchen Tables - Activity Report 2011
    28/Feb/2012
    This activity report for 2011 from the Gun Free Kitchen Tables (GFKT) project highlights progress and the tangible momentum achieved in 2011 to demand enforcement of an existing Israeli law restricting security guards’ authorisation to bear arms, to the guards' worksites only.
  • Canada: Outrage at approval to destroy the long-gun registry
    15/Feb/2012
    This news from Canada reminds us of the essential and important work of IANSA women and members around the world, working on laws and policies at national level to help prevent and reduce gun violence. In a week where most focus is on the UN Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) it also reminds us that we need more than an ATT to help tackle the global gun crisis, and we need to stand together to support each other in our struggles.
  • New resource: Women Under Siege
    13/Feb/2012
    ‘Women Under Siege’ a project of the Women’s Media Center documents how rape and other forms of sexualised violence have been used as tools in genocide and conflict throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. This website will be a very useful resource as we further develop positions for negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) taking place in July 2012, in our advocacy for measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women to be included in the ATT.
  • IANSA women at WINAD to champion UNDP Caribbean Human Development Report
    08/Feb/2012
    The active work of IANSA women on security and gender issues in Trinidad and Tobago has been recognised by UNDP. UNDP has invited WINAD to be one of its champions for the very first Caribbean Human Development Report themed "Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security" launched on 8 February 2012. Included amongst the report’s recommendations is, “In the short term there is a need to reduce access to illegal firearms and to better manage the access to legal ones.”
  • P@x: Focus on sexual violence in amed conflicts
    06/Feb/2012
    IANSA women at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal have released the latest issue of their online bulletin P@x. This edition focuses on ‘Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts’ one of the most controversial and difficult topics in the realm of the reflection on the history of war and, in particular, the wars of the 20th century. The articles provide useful insight and background as we prepare for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee from 13-17 February 2012, and in our advocacy for measures to prevent gender based violence and sexual violence against women to be included in the ATT.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - February 2012
    05/Feb/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.
  • US: Too Many Victims of Gun Violence Are Women
    23/Jan/2012
    This article by Hedi Yewman, author of ‘Beyond The Bullet’ was published in Ms. Magazine on 7 January 2012 and highlights the range of impacts of gun violence on women and girls, and those who survive.