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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.

antiMILITARISM: Political and gender dynamics of peace movements 30 June 2013
Writing between the nihilistic view that violence is inevitable and the utopian belief in the possibility of a violence-free world, Cynthia Cockburn carefully uncovers the movements' many tensions and antagonisms through a gendered lens. This book is the outcome of a two year funded project of research involving a sequence of studies of disparate elements of the anti- war, anti- militarist and peace movement viewed as a worldwide phenomenon. The work of IANSA, in particular that of members in Uganda, is the focus of the final case study, presented in Chapter 8 with focus on the IANSA Women’s Network. For more information and to read a sample chapter, please go to:
Bulletin 26: Women at Work: Preventing Gun Violence 27 October 2011
This edition includes: The proliferation of small arms in Mali since the crisis in Libya • The activism of IANSA Women at the Kenya-Somalia border • Non-State Torture in Canada • Small arms in El Salvador • The Disarm Domestic Violence campaign in Paraguay • Gender and SALW Training Institutes in Peru and Uganda • UNSCR 1325 in the US and the Netherlands • Announcements, events & resources.
Why Women? Effective engagement for small arms control 26 October 2011
Given the ongoing questions and challenges to women’s participation in peace and security, this publication aims to show why it is important to include women in small arms control and disarmament initiatives by consolidating information and opinions from experts on gender and security issues. It is based on interviews with 17 practitioners from around the world as well as a review of relevant materials and documents. It first presents a number of reasons for and examples why women’s participation is important in the field of small arms control and disarmament. It then highlights some of the challenges to women’s participation and provides some suggestions for overcoming them.
Women, Gender and Gun Violence in the Middle East 21 October 2011
This report presents the main findings of an assessment conducted in Lebanon, Jordan and Occupied Palestinian Territory from January to May 2011 by providing a situation overview, challenges and recommendations for future interventions. The proliferation of small arms has prevented women from exercising some of their most basic rights. Impacts include armed domestic violence and “crimes committed in the name of honour”, as well as long term social, economic and psychological effects of revenge killings between male family members, tribal vendettas and celebratory shootings resulting in death and serious injury.
Global Burden of Armed Violence Report 21 October 2011
This Report confirms what IANSA women have known for many years, “The proportion of homicides related to intimate partners or the family represents a significant proportion of homicides in some countries in Europe and Asia.” Chapter 4 focuses on ‘When the Victim is a Woman’ and seeks to disaggregate the demographics of armed violence and capture the ways in which women of different ages are at risk. It also considers the particular settings and risks shaping femicide and sexual violence.
Voices of survivors: the different faces of gun violence 13 May 2011
This publication features 16 testimonies acquired by IANSA of women survivors of gun violence from a number of different countries. The violence occurs in various contexts and situations but the one common denominator in all of these stories is the misuse of guns. The choice of the countries featured is based on responses from IANSA women, and it is striking to see the similarities that exist even though the countries in which the armed violence occurs may be ‘worlds apart’.
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".
Jamaica: Strengthening Understandings of how Borders and Boundaries affect the Lives of Women and Men in the Lyndhurst/Greenwich Park Community 31 March 2010
This study examines the repercussions of crossing the 'borders' in the war-torn communities of Lyndhurst/Greenwich in Jamaica. Many of the participants described borders and boundaries as a physical barrier and or an invisible line or point of separation in communities. Many of these borders are created by very young men who exercise an extraordinary power, due to their access to guns and large amounts of cash from illegal activities. These borders affect everyone in the community by restricting movement, violating human rights and perpetuating an atmosphere of fear. Women, however, experience these criminal restrictions and the culture of violence and turf in uniquely devastating ways.
UNSCR 1325: Is it only about war? Armed violence in non-war contexts 29 March 2010
Instead of focusing on the operational gaps hindering the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), this publication argues that gaps are mostly product of the concepts of gender, violence, security that inform the Resolution. Two particular criticisms that have emerged in the analysis of 1325 will be addressed: i) the equation of violence as war, and particularly the equation of war gendered violence as violence suffered by women and girls only; and consequently ii) the idea of war and post-war at the domestic level as the main source of insecurity for women, the international community (of non-warring States) being the main guarantor of peace and security. By emphasising the articulations between war and peace zones both domestically and internationally, this paper will elaborate on one of the facets of violence production and reproduction omitted by the Resolution: armed violence in non war zones.
Women peace and security: The role of an ATT 29 October 2009
This briefing paper argues that global standards for the international import, export and transfer of conventional arms and ammunition should prohibit transfers where there is a significant risk that the transfer will be in used to violate women’s human rights or perpetuate a pattern of gender-based violence. It argues that international law demands linking the norms of an ATT with UN Security Resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, and 1889, and obligations under international human rights and international humanitarian law.