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  • South Africa: MenEngage Africa Symposium: 5-9 October 2009
    Following on the success of the Global Symposium on Engaging Men and Boys in Achieving Gender Equality held earlier this year in Brazil, Sonke and the MenEngage Alliance are pleased to announce the MenEngage Africa Symposium to be held October 5th-9th, 2009.
  • International: Beijing +15 - activities around the world
    From March 1-12 2010, government delegations attending the UN Commission on the Status of Women will assess progress made in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) 15 years since it was adopted at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995.
  • Canada: Ribbons aren’t enough
    An opinion piece by IANSA woman Wendy Cukier was published in 'Metro', Canada’s most popular free national daily newspaper with over 1 million readers.
  • India: Guns and the woman
    IANSA woman Binalakshmi Nepram, founder of the Manipuri Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) is the focus of one this edition of 'Savvy', India’s leading monthly women’s magazine.
  • International: IANSA women at the UN DPI conference 2009: 'Gun Violence – Women Speak Out'
    During the UN Department of Public Information (DPI/NGO) Conference in Mexico City from 9-11 September 2009, 340 organisations from 55 countries endorsed the Arms Trade Treaty, stronger gun control and disarming domestic violence.
  • Mexico: The more guns, the more violence
    "In Mexico, armed violence and violence against women are severe problems. The more guns, the more violence," Héctor Guerra of the IANSA Women's Network. IANSA members are proposing legislation to ban or revoke firearm licenses for people convicted of using guns to commit gender violence.
  • Portugal: Adopts National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325
    One month away from the ninth anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325/2000, Portugal becomes the latest country to adopt a National Action Plan, recognising the specific impacts of contemporary wars in the lives of women and the efforts to prevent, combat and mitigate these.
  • Kenya: Kenyan Police Ignore Attack on Pioneering Women's Village
    Umoja Uaso, Kenya: A gunman has attacked a leading Kenyan women's initiative in Northern Kenya, threatening its members and chasing residents out of their homes.
  • Uganda: Harnessing women’s power for human security in post conflict settings
    Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng from Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange outlines how this local NGO ensured women’s voices were included in the peace process, and spearheaded the creation of a task force. (Isis WICCE is a member of IANSA Women’s Network).
  • India: The human cost of the unregulated arms trade
    IANSA woman Binalakshmi Nepram-Mentschel writes about her speech to delegates at the United Nations in honour of the tens of thousands of people who have lost their lives to gun violence.
  • DRC: Voices of Grassroots Congolese Women on the Crisis in the DRC
    We are delighted to see contributions from so many IANSA women to V-Day's latest V-Moment. They include: Jeanine Gabrielle Ngungu, Drocele Mugomoka, Nounou Booto Meeti, and Kenneth Enim Ampi.
  • A common factor in war and peace: gun violence against women
    Tatiana Gonçalves Moura of the Observatory on Gender and Armed Violence (OGAV) in Lisbon, Portugal was recently interviewed by Comunidade Segura, a project of Viva Rio in Brazil. OGAV's work spans Europe, Latin America and the Portuguese-speaking countries of Africa.
  • USA: Bitterness toward women tormented gym killer
    He killed three women and wounded nine others before committing suicide.
  • DRC: RODHECIC Bulletin 53 - Femme Debout
    Le 20 juin 2009, les membres de Wilpf associé à ceux d’Iansa et du Cava ont organisé une rencontre autour du thème : « Le rôle de la Commission Nationale de Contrôle et des Organisations féminines dans la lutte contre la Prolifération des ALPC en RDC ».
  • India: Mother killed in front of son's eyes, another killed in police firing
    A day out shopping with her three year old son turned out to be fatal, for a young woman, as she was killed in a broad day light shoot-out in the heart of Imphal town today (23 July 2009) while a UG suspect was later killed in the shoot-out.
  • Sierra Leone: Engagement with parliamentarians to protect women
    On Tuesday 21 July 2009 members of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Defense and Presidential Affairs held a seminar on Disarm Domestic Violence and the Bill on Arms and Ammunition at the Parliament Building in Freetown.
  • Liberian Foreign Minister calls for the appointment of an SRSG on 1325
    Liberian Foreign Minister Olubanke King-Akerele reiterated the recommendations of the Monrovia Declaration earlier this year. She called on the United Nations Secretary General to appoint a Special Representative on Security Council Resolution 1325.
  • Domestic violence gun measure signed by governor
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A proposal that creates a procedure for individuals subject to an order of protection for domestic violence to turn over their weapons has been signed by the governor.
  • Engendering Security Sector Reform: A Workshop Report
    This report documents a workshop held at the Free University of Berlin in November 2008 on ‘Engendering Security Sector Reform’. It finds that the debate on gender and SSR is still only incipient and that many questions remain unanswered. SSR will only live up to its ambitious aspirations if it places gender squarely at the centre of its conceptual thinking and practice.
  • DRC: Bukavu Assessment Report
    This assessment was carried out from the 28 April - 1 May 2009 in Bukavu East-Congo by GVRC Deputy Program Manager, Alberta Wambua; GVRC Counselor Ruth Kimaathi; and representatives from FECCLAHA; Rev. Shelvis Smith Mather, and Judy Waruhiu, Human Security Program Coordinator.