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  • Make Women Count for Peace
    Ten years ago, in its landmark resolution 1325, the United Nations Security Council called for women's full and equal participation in all elements of peacemaking, and for prevention of this kind of violence. But implementation of this historic resolution has been too slow.
  • International: Small Arms Treaty Could Make Dent in Gang Violence
    Gangs and armed groups may rank below militaries and law enforcement agencies in the possession of firearms, but "they have consistently shown a willingness to use guns and use them for violence," says Dr. Jennifer Hazen, a senior researcher with the authoritative Small Arms Survey.
  • República Dominicana: Mujeres y armas de fuego en el hogar
    El Instituto Caribeño para el Estado de Derecho (ICED) realizó una encuesta que muestra que el 42% de las mujeres víctimas de la violencia doméstica en la República Dominicana han sido amenazados con un arma de fuego.
  • International: 16 Days Campaign: Militarism and violence against women
    CWGL - Center for Women's Global Leadership - is pleased to announce the theme for the upcoming 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign (2010). The following examples of issues that the campaign can address are central to the work of many IANSA women.
  • Burundi and Nepal: New PRIO publications
    This PRIO Paper forms part of a project entitled ‘Resolution 1325 and Women’s Political Participation’, which has been funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project has also produced two policy briefs on women’s formal and informal participation in post-conflict decision making in Burundi and Nepal.
  • Human Rights Council: Report of UN Special Rapporteur On Violence Against Women 2010
    This is the first thematic report submitted to the Human Rights Council by Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, since her appointment in June 2009. In addition to providing an overview of the main activities carried out by the Special Rapporteur, the report focuses on the topic of reparations to women who have been subjected to violence in contexts of both peace and post-conflict. This may be of interest to members working with survivors of armed violence.
  • International: Monthly Action Points for the Security Council: June 2010
    The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security presents the Monthly Action Points (MAP) for June 2010 which provides recommendations on country situations such as Afghanistan, Burundi, Guinea and Sudan.
  • USA: A walk in her shoes: the story of a domestic violence survivor
    “I never knew if the gun had been loaded when he frequently pointed the gun at me just to instill more fear in me,” said Lourdes Navarro. This is an uplifting story about a woman who found the courage to leave an abusive marriage after two years of enduring unimaginable violence against her.
  • Canada: YWCA says "Listen to Our Police Leaders on Long Gun Registry"
    YWCA Canada, the nation’s largest provider of shelter to women and children fleeing violence, joins today’s call by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to preserve the long gun registry. The Registry costs CAN$4.1 million per year, protects vulnerable women and police officers.
  • International: UN Chief Urges Action Against Child Soldiers - Girl Soldiers
    The annual report of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict shows that 16 different armies and insurgent groups – in conflicts ranging from the Philippines and Myanmar to Darfur, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Colombia – have recruited or used child soldiers for at least the past five years.
  • Canada: Coalition for Gun Control Takes Aim at Myths About the Firearms Registry
    On 25 May 2010, Coalition for Gun Control President, and IANSA woman, Wendy Cukier testified before the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) of Canada to oppose Bill C-391. Bill C-391 proposes to end the requirement to register non-restricted firearms, a critical element in Canada’s gun control policy. Wendy challenged myths about the registration of rifles and shotguns and present the facts on behalf of 300 public safety organisations including major police, public health, women’s safety and labour groups.
  • International: Peacewomen website relaunched
    PeaceWomen is pleased to announce the launch of the new upgraded website The website will provide a user-friendly online platform to access information and exchange resources on women, peace and security. The website also offers an increased level of interactivity where users can submit their own documents and updates and can create a MyPeaceWomen profile.
  • West Africa: West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) mark 24 May 2010
    The West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) is marking International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament on 24 May 2010.
  • Nepal: UNRCPD celebrate International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament
    On Monday 24 May 2010, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD) celebrated the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.
  • International: PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update: April 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.
  • Canada: Remember mothers of gun victims
    Remembering the words of Suzanne Laplante-Edward, Audette Shephard, Karen Vanscoy, Elaine Lumley, Priscilla deVilliers and Louise de Sousa and all the other families who all lost children to guns on Mother's Day.
  • Papua New Guinea: An untold story of terror
    Kup Women for Peace from Papua New Guinea are now in Fiji raising awareness about and asking their government to take action to stop the gun violence currently affecting their communities. As a result of armed confrontations between neighbouring communities, which started nine months ago, schools and hospitals have been closed, development work has halted and foreign workers have withdrawn to safety.
  • International: A survivor speaks out
    In this interview given to the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford (UK) survivor Betsy Kawamura talks about her experiences and activism.
  • International: Monthly Action Points for the Security Council: May 2010
    For May, in which Lebanon holds the Presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on country situations, such as Afghanistan, Chad/Central African Republic; Cote d'Ivoire; Iraq; Democratic Republic of Congo; Nepal; and Somalia.
  • USA: Pilot program aims to enforce mandatory firearms surrender laws
    Winnebago County is one of four counties participating in a pilot program designed to more effectively ensure that people comply with court orders to surrender firearms.