News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • IANSA women at launch of UN Women - Speech by Executive Director Michelle Bachelet
    25/Feb/2011
    IANSA women are active participants in this year's UN Commission for the Status of Women (CSW). The fact that the CSW and ATT PrepCom are taking place in parallel is another valuable opportunity to bring women into the field of small arms control, and to relate the issue of gun violence against women to the work of the wider women's movement of which we are part.
  • WILPF: International Women's Day seminar on women and disarmament
    25/Feb/2011
    The 8 March marks International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s efforts for equality and a reminder of challenges yet to be overcome. This year, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and its projects Reaching Critical Will and PeaceWomen have organised a seminar on “Women, disarmament, arms control, and non-proliferation,” that focuses on implications of and follow-up to the UN General Assembly resolution of this name adopted in December 2010.
  • UK: No Women No Peace campaign
    01/Feb/2011
    As you may know, the IANSA Women’s Network is a member of Gender Action for Peace and Security UK (GAPS UK), an expert working group of peace and development NGOs, academics and grassroots peace builders.
  • Tucson, Juarez and an Assault Weapons Ban
    20/Jan/2011
    Many thanks to the Women Peacemakers Program of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation for sharing the following article which highlights women's involvement as survivors, victims and advocates in efforts against gun violence.
  • UN Call for Good Practices to Prevent Violence Against Women
    17/Jan/2011
    Thanks to WUNRN for sharing this information about the UN Call for Good Practices to Prevent Violence Against Women. This is a very good opportunity to highlight the incidence and impact of gun violence upon women, and the use of small arms in violence against women including threats and intimidation. For example, in 2009, IANSA women specifically highlighted the issue of armed domestic violence as part of the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign.
  • UN-LiREC Strengthens the Capacity of Andean Women in Controlling Illicit Firearms Trafficking
    10/Jan/2011
    IANSA is delighted that our women-only Training Institute model* is inspiring others around the world to engage in similar women-focused initiatives.
  • UN-LiREC fortalece las capacidades de las mujeres andinas en el control del tráfico ilícito de armas de fuego
    10/Jan/2011
    Es un gusto para mí compartir esta noticia del Centro Regional de las Naciones Unidas para la Paz, el Desarme y el Desarrollo en América Latina y el Caribe (UN-LiREC).
  • P@x 15: Violence and Small Arms: The Portuguese Case
    06/Jan/2011
    The latest edition of P@x, the online newsletter of the Peace Studies Group (NEP/CES) of the Centre for Social Studies (School of Economics, University of Coimbra, Portugal). This issue is dedicated to ‘Violence and Small Arms: The Portuguese Case’ and contains articles by IANSA women, including one on armed domestic violence in Portugal.
  • SALW references in Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) working paper on UN SCR 1325
    04/Jan/2011
    The Civil Society Advisory Group on Women, Peace, and Security (CSAG) advises the High-Level Steering Committee of the heads of UN agencies and entities on ensuring a coherent and coordinated approach to implementing UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace, and security within the UN system. In consultation with civil society, CSAG has prepared a series of working papers with concrete recommendations for action by the UN, member states, and civil society.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - January 2011
    03/Jan/2011
    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.
  • Women, peace and security in Latin America
    22/Dec/2010
    Red de Seguridad y Defensa de América Latina (RESDAL) has prepared a dossier on commitments by Latin American countries on UN Resolutions on women, peace and security.
  • UN Security Council steps up fight against sexual violence in conflict; unanimously adopts Resolution 1960
    20/Dec/2010
    The UN Security Council approved on 16 December 2010 an international law that calls for the yearly publication of a list of armed groups that target women for sexual abuse. The new resolution also urged the Secretary General to establish monitoring, analysis and reporting arrangements on sexual violence in conflict, and better cooperation among UN actors for a system-wide response to sexual violence. Moreover, the Security Council anticipates the appointment of more women protection advisers to peacekeeping missions in accordance with the earlier resolution 1888.
  • International: PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update: October-November 2010
    09/Dec/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. Initiated by the Gender Team of PRIO, the newsletter provides updated information about women, peace and security related issues internationally, as well as in Norway.
  • UNU Policy Brief: Maximizing the Impact of UN SCR 1325
    02/Dec/2010
    This Policy Brief ‘Maximizing the Impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: 10 Years On’ is based on an expert’s panel held at the UN University on 8 September 2010, in partnership with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, Soka Gakkai International and Global Action to Prevent War.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - December 2010
    29/Nov/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.
  • Papua New Guinea: Women Weaving Bougainville Together
    28/Nov/2010
    This profile of IANSA woman Helen Hakena highlights the extraordinary energy and inner strength that she has devoted to the cause of justice, peace building and advocating for women's and human rights and UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
  • UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Issues Annual Call for Proposals
    22/Nov/2010
    The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is calling for applications. The deadline is 20 January 2011. This could be an opportunity to seek funding for your work in relation to the impact of gun violence on women and girls with activities that relate to IANSA’s mission.
  • 'They Came with Two Guns': The Consequences of Sexual Assault for the Mental Health of Women in Armed Conflicts
    18/Nov/2010
    A report in the International Review of the Red Cross ‘They Came with Two Guns: The Consequences of Sexual Assault for the Mental Health of Women in Armed Conflicts’ details the consequences of sexual violence for women in armed conflicts, both on an individual and societal level, with a focus on resultant mental health issues.
  • Dakar Declaration on UN SCR 1325 for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
    17/Nov/2010
    On 17 September 2010, the Dakar Declaration on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its related regional plan of action for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) were adopted in Dakar at a Regional Forum entitled “Women Count for Peace”.
  • 'Sexed Pistols' book review in Gender and Development journal
    11/Nov/2010
    The November 2010 edition of the journal, Gender & Development contains a book review I wrote on ‘Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons’ Edited by Vanessa Farr, Henri Myrttinen and Albrecht Schnabel.