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IANSA publications

Since 1998 a wide range of publications and resource materials have been produced by the IANSA Network. Production has been possible with donations and grants and all publications are produced on a non-profit basis by a small staff, including interns and volunteers who have assisted with translations and at various other levels within the production process.

Please note: Not all of the titles within this section are necessarily IANSA publications, nor all publishers/authors IANSA members. Please contact us if you have any queries.

Bulletin 24: Women at Work: Preventing Gun Violence 06 May 2011
This edition includes: IANSA women active at the UN: CSW and UN Women launch • Jordan: Small arms and gender • DRC: Disarm Domestic Violence • Special Focus: The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) • and information about events and resources.
Gender and Security Sector Reform: Examples from the Ground 04 May 2011
Concrete illustrations of ways in which a gender perspective has been integrated in different security sector institutions around the world. They range from measures to counter human trafficking in Kosovo, to women’s organisations’ involvement with security institutions in Nepal, to female parliamentarians’ contribution to post-conflict reconstruction in Rwanda. These examples can help policymakers, trainers and educators better understand and demonstrate the linkages between gender and SSR.
Peacemaking in Asia and the Pacific: Women’s participation, perspectives and priorities 20 April 2011
This collection of articles explores the reasons for women’s under-representation in peace processes, in terms of both participation in peace processes and gender content in agreements. The publication puts forward the experiences of women from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Timor Leste, India, Solomon Islands and Nepal, highlighting the benefits and obstacles to their participation in such processes. It contains practical recommendations on how to make international norms a reality in peacemaking as well as how to strengthen women’s participation in, and contribution to, peace processes and agreements.
Towards a Typology of Wartime Rape 10 November 2010
This publication focuses solely on wartime rape perpetrated by armed groups against civilians, though this form of violence is perpetrated more widely by, and against, different actors during war. The wider perpetration of rape against other actors is not presented in this brief, but is nevertheless included in the Typology. The paper presents the progress to date in developing a typology of wartime rape as a first step toward understanding the different consequences of this form of violence in war.
Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council 21 October 2010
IANSA, as a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is pleased to announce the release of the report on the NGOWG Monthly Action Points (MAP) report, 'Mapping Women, Peace and Security in the UN Security Council.' The report includes an overview of the results of the first year of the MAP project, indicates where the Security Council has had success and where it still faces challenges in implementation of resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, and 1889, and provides suggestions on how the Council can better fulfil its mandate by incorporating Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in its daily work.
Promoting Women’s Participation in Conflict and Post-Conflict Societies 20 October 2010
The work and experience of IANSA women is included in a new publication by Global Action in collaboration with the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security (NGOWG). They include: Justine Kwachu Kumche (Women in Alternative Action), Bridget Osakwe (West Africa Network for Peacebuilding), EmaTagicakibau (PACFAW Pacific), Judy Waruhiu (The Kenya Red Cross Society), Juliet Were (Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange) and Jasmin Nario-Galace (Center for Peace Education, Miriam College).
Joined-Up Thinking: International Measures for Women’s Security and SALW Control 01 October 2010
This paper explores the links that should have been made, and even now might be made, between two significant UN initiatives on ‘security’ - UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325 concerned with women in relation to peace and security, and The UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA) which dealt with small arms and light weapons (SALW) as a threat to security. The paper asks, what can SALW control policy contribute to women’s security; how can SCR 1325 be used in SALW control; and how can women contribute to eliminating the ‘SALW problem’?
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2008 Homicide Data 17 September 2010
In the USA, black females murdered by men are most often killed with a gun, almost always by someone they know according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report. ‘When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2008 Homicide Data’ details national and state-by-state information from the USA on female homicides involving one female murder victim and one male offender. Firearms - especially handguns - were the most common weapon used. “These findings alarmingly demonstrate how domestic violence can escalate to homicide. More resources need to be made available to protect women and prevent such tragedies" said Kristen Rand, VPC Legislative Director.
Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions in Security Sector Reform 15 September 2010
The focus of the Tool is national-level implementation of the standards set by the four UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security (1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) in security sector institutions. Reflecting the text of the resolutions, the Tool focuses on reforms in the defence forces, police and the justice sector. Issues examined include: DDR, vetting, specialised services for victims of sexual violence, prosecution of violence against women in armed conflict, measures to increase women’s leadership in police and defence organisations and to promote deployment of women in peacekeeping, peacekeepers’ training, operational strategies to prevent sexual violence, and gender justice.
Our bodies are still trembling: Haitian women's fight against rape 16 August 2010
In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, IANSA women reported an increase in violence against women and particularly sexual violence at gunpoint in temporary shelters and camps. Many women report being raped by two or more men, almost always armed and at night. MADRE, an international women’s human rights organisation that works in partnership with community-based women's organisations worldwide, has released a report which says that rapes in the camps were dramatically under-reported, and that the Haitian government and international community "have not effectively deployed their resources to provide adequate protection".