News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • Phillippines: Massacre in Maguindanao
    On the 23rd November 2009, there was an election-related massacre that happened in Maguindanao, Philippines. More than 40 people were killed, many of them women.
  • Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: December 2009
    IANSA is a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and we are pleased to share the December 2009 version of our Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.
  • SCR 1325 and 1820: IANSA women join efforts for global indicators
    IANSA women from Argentina, DR Congo, Ghana, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, Spain, and Uganda participated in an international conference ' Putting Policy into Practice: Monitoring Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820' in Oslo (Norway) from 11-13 November 2009.
  • West Africa: IANSA women at the Togo meeting on SALW control
    An experts’ meeting on the preliminary draft legal instrument on the control of small arms and light weapons in Central Africa and Plan of Action took place from 2-3 October 2009 in Lome Togo.
  • Guinea: WANEP Policy Brief
    The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) has issued a Policy Brief which concludes with 3 possible scenarios based on the current dynamics of the Guinea crisis. They are not predictions but pointers of probable direction that the crisis may take, and serve as clues for effective interventions.
  • Caribbean: WINAD - Women's Conversations project
    The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD), active IANSA women in Trinidad and Tobago, have just launched their report on ‘Women’s Conversations’ a project that was implemented between November 2008 and April 2009.
  • Civil Society Recommendations on SCR 1325 in Europe
    IANSA has signed onto 'Civil Society Recommendations on SCR 1325 in Europe' as a member of Gender Action for Peace and Security UK (GAPS).
  • Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the Security Council: November 2009
    IANSA is a member of The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security and we are pleased to announce the launch of a new initiative Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council with the release of the inaugural MAP for November 2009.
  • Women peace and security: The role of an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)
    During October 2009 members of the IANSA Women's Network participated in the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament to promote support for women's role in arms control, and arms trade regulation through a strong and effective Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
  • USA: Disarm Domestic Violence: A matter of life or death
    In the USA, Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) connects advocates who are working to end violence against women and their children. To mark the end of another successful DVAM, we are sharing our 'Disarm Domestic Violence' briefing on the US context.
  • Guinea: NGOWG Open Letter to UN Security Council
    IANSA, as part of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has sent an open letter to the UN Security Council regarding the situation in Guinea. The NGO WG also attached the Declaration by Guinean women following the violence and sexual attacks on women on 28 September 2009.
  • Guinea: Call for suspension of military and police weapons transfers
    IANSA member Amnesty International has issued a press release in response to the serious human rights violations in Guinea including sexual violence against women.
  • Guinea: Declaration by Guinean women
    A declaration by Guinean women following the violence and sexual attacks on women on 28 September 2009.
  • Guinea: Women allege rape during Guinea massacre
    Women's bodies have literally become a battleground in Guinea. This article highlights how rape and sexual violence at gunpoint are not confined to conflict zones.
  • Gender and Security Sector Reform Newsletter
    The August/September edition of the Gender and Security Sector Reform Newsletter which contains useful articles and links covering a range of countries and contexts.
  • Canada: NCWC Call to Defeat Bill C-391
    An open letter by the The National Council of Women of Canada to Members of the Canadian Parliament urging them to maintain existing national gun laws.
  • Canada: CFUW calls for the defeat of bill C-391; dismantling gun registry a threat to public safety
    Today, Monday, September 28, 2009, Bill C-391: an Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Firearms Act (to repeal the gun registry) will enter into second reading in the House of Commons. Bill C-391 intends to eliminate long-gun registration and to destroy all existing registration records.
  • International: New UN Security Council Resolution on women, peace and security
    As we know, armed violence is often combined with sexual violence, and countless examples have demonstrated how the proliferation of guns is often associated with an increase in incidents of rape. With men almost always the bearers of guns, power imbalances between men and women are further distorted. Firearms are not only used to facilitate rape and sexual assault, but armed violence and conflict also remove society’s normal restraints on men. In addition, the absence of rule of law allows security forces to perpetrate sexual abuses with impunity.
  • DRC: SOS Femmes en Danger documentary, South Kivu
    This film by Walter James focuses on the work of SOS Femmes en Danger, a reception center for victims of sexual violence in Fizi Territory, in the DRC.
  • UN Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, October 2009
    Viet Nam is current President of the UN Security Council and will convene an Open Debate on “Responding to the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations for sustainable peace and security” on 5 October 2009.