News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • India: A lone battle against war
    It was Christmas Eve, the year was 2004. I still vividly remember the events of that day. The tragedy that befell the Wabgai Lamkhai village of Thoubal district in Manipur left a deep and lasting impression on my mind. I was witness to the cold-blooded killing of 27-year-old Buddhi Moirangthem.
  • India: IANSA woman shares experience in Sunday Pioneer article
    An article by IANSA woman, Binalakshmi Nepram, has been published in the Sunday Pioneer newspaper and includes details about her first-hand experience of gun violence in India and efforts to control small arms.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - January 2012
    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 for January 2012.
  • PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update: 2011
    The latest edition of PRIO's 'Gender, Peace and Security Update' for 2011 has a special focus on the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and highlights some of the many civil society events that took place in Oslo during the Nobel Days.
  • Religion, Women and Peacebuilding Seminar Series Launched
    The Religions for Peace Global Women of Faith Network, in collaboration with United Nations Women, Princeton University Office for Religious Life, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Ford Foundation, The Salvation Army International Social Justice Commission, The Committee of Religious NGOs at the United Nations and The Institute for Global Engagement, launched an ongoing seminar on “Religion, Women and Peacebuilding” on Tuesday December 6th 2011.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - December 2011
    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 for December 2011.
  • 6 December: Remembering the Montreal Massacre
    For 45 minutes on 6, December 1989 an enraged gunman roamed the corridors of Montreal's École Polytechnique and killed 14 women with his .22-calibre rifle. Marc Lepine, 25, separated the men from the women and before opening fire on the classroom of female engineering students, he screamed, "I hate feminists." Almost immediately, the Montreal Massacre became a galvanizing moment in which mourning turned into outrage about all violence against women.
  • Indian women 'gun survivors' urge for disarmament
    From 21 to 23 November 2011, the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Control Arms Foundation of India organised a three day art and craft exhibition, around the theme 'Weaving Disarmament', to spread the message of peace and disarmament amid growing conflict. This article provides background information and shares key messages from the event.
  • USA: New PBS television series 'Women, War & Peace'
    Women, War & Peace is a new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men's domain. The series reveals what IANSA Women have known for years: how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties; yet, they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
  • South Korea: Article on women's activism against militarisation
    This article in Open Democracy brings attention to the role of women in disarmament and the challenges they face in making their voices heard, and makes links to the work of IANSA Women. Calling for international action to stop to the construction of a military base in South Korea, Rebecca Johnson, Director of the Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, highlights the contradictions between the absence of women from discussions at a UN conference on disarmament and the activism of local women against plans to build the naval base in Jeju Island. She shows how the base threatens to destroy the livelihoods of the iconic women shellfish divers and raise levels of rape and prostitution in the surrounding villages.
  • EU: Position paper on implementation of Gender, Peace and Security commitments in 2011
    The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office has just released a position paper on the implementation of Gender, Peace and Security commitments in the EU in 2011. The paper includes detailed information about EU countries’ development of 1325 National Action Plans (NAPs), financial and human resources allocated to Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the engagement of civil society organisations in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WPS plans.
  • SVRI Forum 2011: Moving the agenda forward
    From 10 - 13 October, the second international conference of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative was held in Cape Town, South Africa. During the four-day conference, people from around the world came together to debate, discuss and share new ideas and innovations for research on sexual violence.
  • Georgia: No Women, No Peace
    On 31 October 2011, IANSA women at the Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" organised simultaneous vigils in the towns of Western Georgia (Kutaisi, Tskhaltubo, Khoni, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Batumi, Khurcha, Senaki and Poti) as part of the international campaign “No women, No peace!” As a member of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS UK), the IANSA Women's Network is part of the 'No women, no peace' campaign which aims to ensure that women's voices are heard in peace negotiations.
  • Online Seminar: Creating Safe and Gender Inclusive Cities
    Women in Cities International, in partnership with Red Mujer y Habitat and Centro de Estudios Urbano Regionales, is holding a free online seminar, ‘Introduction to Creating Safe and Gender Inclusive Cities’ as part of the Gender Inclusive Cities Programme. Gun violence perpetuates gender inequality and has a direct impact on how safe women feel in their daily lives at home, in their workplace and in public spaces.
  • Fathers, sons and guns: An interview with sociologist and author Michael Messner
    Guns are in the news every day in our society. They're the weapon of choice in countless "routine" homicides and mass murders. Motorcycle gang shootouts. Armed robberies. School shootings. Domestic violence rampages. Jackson Katz - educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist - interviews Michael Messner, long-time professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California and author of numerous books on masculinity, sports and politics. Messner's new book is a memoir about his experience with guns in the context of his relationship with his now-deceased father and grandfather.
  • Rwanda: EASSI and National Focal Point conduct gender and SALW training
    Many thanks to IANSA women at the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) in Uganda for sharing this inspiring update about their work on gender and small arms in the region. EASSI is a lead institution in advocacy around the gender dimension of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - November 2011
    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 for November 2011.
  • IANSA women in Online Dialogue on Faith-Based Peacebuilding
    From 19 to 25 October 2011, four IANSA Women, Jasmin Nario Galace from the Center for Peace Education, The Philippines; Ema Tagicakibau from the Pacific Network for Peace and Disarmament in New Zealand; Jacqueline Ogega from Religions for Peace in the USA; and Mona Makhamreh from Manar for Human Development in Jordan, formed an IANSA Women's Network "resource practitioner team" and actively participated an online dialogue on faith-based peacebuilding from a gender perspective.
  • India: Doctors describe dire consequences of violence against women
    More than 375 women medical doctors from all over India discussed the impact of guns on women’s health during the national conference of the Association of Medical Women in India (AMWI) in Nagpur, India, on 15-16 October 2011.
  • Summary report: Session on Advancement of Women, UN GA Third Committee
    Support for UN Women and the Committee on the Elimination on the Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the participation of women in political and peace processes were among the common themes addressed at the UN General Assembly Third Committee session on the Advancement of Women during the week of 10 October 2011.