News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • Costa Rica: Speaking out for Nancy Chaverri
    On 1 July 2010, in a school near San José in Costa Rica, a 17 year-old high school student entered the office of the School Principal, Nancy Chaverri, and shot her in the head. The bullet passed through her neck, hit her spinal cord and broke vertebrae. Due to the damage caused to her body by the bullet, the prognosis was uncertain.
  • Colombia: Women and People's Summit of the Americas against Militarisation
    “Silence the weapon so that women and the people may speak in defence of life and sovereignty.” The Women and People’s Summit of the Americas against Militarisation will take place in Colombia from 16–23 August 2010.
  • Tonga: Women's Crisis Centre calls for tougher law to stop illegal weapons
    On 5 July 2010, the Director of Tonga’s Women and Children’s Crisis Centre (WCCC) said that more rigid laws are needed to combat the illegal importation of weapons. This follows a recent charge of unlawful possession of a firearm laid against man alleged to have shot a security guard outside a nightclub.
  • Latin America: Call for Papers: Firearms and policy in the region
    Gun violence in Latin America has risen sharply following internal armed struggles and the emergence of drug trafficking in the late 1970s and 80s. Today, it is one of the most dramatic threats to public safety in the region, thwarting development efforts and seriously undermining democratic reforms and the implementation of basic human rights.
  • International: Monthly Action Points for the Security Council - July 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 during which time Nigeria has the Security Council Presidency.
  • International: DDR - Specific needs analysis of women and girls in reintegration
    A summary of the first week of UNINSTRAW's virtual discussion on 'Gender and DDR'.
  • India: Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace: Newsletter, July 2010
    The North East India Women Initiative for Peace share the July 2010 edition of their newsletter (see attached document) containing positive news from the last two months to renew hopes and strengthen efforts to work towards peace.
  • UN Women Born: Creation of Gender Equality Entity
    The Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign celebrates the United Nations General Assembly resolution, agreed to on 30 June and to be formally adopted by the General Assembly on Friday 2 July 2010 to establish “UN Women” — the new gender equality entity at the UN.
  • India: IANSA woman wins Sean MacBride Peace Prize for 2010
    IANSA woman Binalakshmi Nepram of the Manipuri Women Gun Survivors Network, and the Control Arms Foundation of India, has been awarded the Sean MacBride Peace Prize for 2010 by the International Peace Bureau.
  • South Africa: The cost of a bullet
    This article focuses on South Africa and draws on a recent study published in the South African Medical Journal which states that 127,000 individuals are treated at South African state hospitals each year for non-fatal firearms injuries. The majority are young men.
  • USA: National Violent Death Reporting System
    Thanks to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence for sharing details of the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) which collects information from death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, and police reports in 19 states (Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.)
  • Portugal's firearms: lock, stock and barrel
    An interview with Tatiana Moura and Rita Santos, IANSA women from Portugal, by Lis Horta Moriconi of Comunidade Segura a project of Viva Rio in Brazil. Tatiana and Rita talk about the latest report of the University of Coimbra’s Gender and Armed Violence Watch, the Observatório de Gênero e Violência Armada (OGiVA), part of the Centre for Peace Studies.
  • USA: The Peace Angels Project
    The mission of the Art of Peace Charitable Trust (AOPCT) is to prevent and eradicate the proliferation of small firearms and weapons of destruction through innovative and durable approaches to arms reduction.
  • Invitation to a virtual discussion: Gender & DDR (UN INSTRAW)
    UN-INSTRAW is holding a Virtual Discussion on Gender and Disarmament, Demobilization & Reintegration (DDR) between 28 June and 19 July 2010. IANSA women are invited to participate especially those with direct experience in this field and insight and comments to share. Take some time to register and participate, your input will most definitely enrich the discussion.
  • UN SCR 1325 10th Anniversary - Activism for Serious Support
    This memo gives some insight into proposals for activities at UN Headquarters in New York as recommended by The Civil Society Advisory Group to the UN on Women, Peace and Security (CSAG) which advises the High-Level Steering Committee of the heads of United Nations agencies and entities on ensuring a coherent and coordinated approach to implementing UNSCR 1325 within the UN system.
  • Mexico: Mexican Police Raid Women’s Shelters
    In Mexico, not even shelters for victims of domestic violence are safe from trouble. Recently, refuges for battered women and children have been the object of raids by armed male police officers in Monterrey, Cancun and Ciudad Juarez.
  • Ireland: Good Practice Guide on UN SCR 1325
    This Good Practice Guide seeks to contribute positively to the development of an effective and inclusive Irish National Action Plan (NAP) to implement UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 and related commitments on women, peace and security (1820, 1888 and 1889).
  • WILPF: Security - What Is It? - Video
    The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom asks you to re-define security.
  • Canada: Don't kill long-gun registry, Laplante Edward urges MPs
    My name is Suzanne Laplante Edward. You may have heard my name before, you may have seen and read me in the media. I am the mother of Anne-Marie Edward, who was savagely assassinated in the Polytéchnique massacre. I have been repeatedly travelling to Ottawa for 20 years now to defend the common sense of stronger controls on firearms. On Dec. 6, 1989, my life and that of my entire family plummeted into despair....
  • UNODC report: trafficking flows/links - small arms, people, drugs, natural resources
    A report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shows how organised crime has globalised and turned into one of the world's foremost economic and armed powers. 'The Globalization of Crime: A Transnational Organized Crime Threat Assessment' looks at major trafficking flows of drugs, firearms, counterfeit products, stolen natural resources and people (for sex and forced labour), as well as smuggled migrants.