News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • The rape of Somalia's women is being ignored
    18/Oct/2011
    Recent drought has led to increased instability in the Horn of Africa and an accompanying surge in the proliferation of small arms. This article in The Guardian newspaper highlights the impact upon women particularly in relation to sexual violence perpetrated by men.
  • Femme d'IANSA - Leymah Gbowee - reçoit le Prix Nobel de la Paix 2011
    11/Oct/2011
    Nous sommes ravis de partager la nouvelle que la femme d’IANSA Mme Leymah Gbowee des WIPSEN-Afrique a reçu le Prix Nobel de la Paix 2011 aux côtés d'Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf du Liberia et de Tawakul Karman du Yémen.
  • IANSA woman - Leymah Gbowee - wins Nobel Peace Prize 2011
    11/Oct/2011
    We are delighted to share the news that IANSA women Ms Leymah Gbowee of WIPSEN-Africa has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf of Liberia and and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - October 2011
    10/Oct/2011
    As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we are pleased to share the October 2011 Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council.
  • Pakistan: Guns aimed increasingly at women
    03/Oct/2011
    For many years, members of the IANSA Women’s Network have drawn attention to the use of small arms in violence against women including in crimes committed in the name of honour. IANSA members in Pakistan are cited in this recent article by the Inter Press Service (IPS).
  • Colombia: Victims of Sexual Violence Under Threat and on Their Own
    28/Sep/2011
    This article by the Inter Press Service (IPS) highlights the incidence of rape and sexual violence against women in Colombia with specific reference to the role of armed groups including security forces, paramilitaries, unidentified illegal armed groups or common criminals.
  • Turkey: Transforming cultures of violence
    23/Sep/2011
    Although this story does not relate directly to gun violence it is an inspiring example of an initiative taken in Turkey following an escalation in male violence at football games. IANSA women at the Umut Foundation in Turkey are supportive of this development and the contribution it makes to a gendered discussion of how to transform cultures of violence, including gun violence prevention.
  • Nepal: Impact of small arms on gender
    21/Sep/2011
    This article by IANSA woman Shobha Gautam of the Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON) and National Women Security Watch (NWS) focuses on the impact of small arms on gender in Nepal. Published in in The Telegraph (Nepal) on 21 September 2011 which is The International Day of Peace, the article provides a thorough overview of the Nepalese context and poses some questions for those of us working on the issue.
  • A Deadly Myth: Women, Handguns, and Self-Defence
    14/Sep/2011
    The report ‘A Deadly Myth: Women, Handguns, and Self-Defense’ from 2001 by The Violence Policy Center (VPC), remains relevant as recent media articles, particularly in the US, are focusing on the number of women purported to be buying and using guns.
  • Uganda: EASSI lead Gender and SALW Institute, 2011
    12/Sep/2011
    During August 2011, IANSA women at the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) organised a month long training of trainers on gender and small arms (SALW) in Kampala, Uganda to create awareness on the gender dimensions of small arms, and to develop the capacities of participants to conduct their own trainings on the issues.
  • ICC: Gender issues and child soldiers
    05/Sep/2011
    Our colleagues at Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice have shared an article that reflects on some of the gender issues for child soldiers in the case against Thomas Lubanga Dyilo (Lubanga). This is the first international criminal trial ever held on the conflict in eastern DRC and it is the first case to focus exclusively on child soldiers.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - September 2011
    05/Sep/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 September 2011, in which Lebanon has the Security Council presidency, the MAP provides recommendations on country situations including: Afghanistan, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Libya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria.
  • International Training Seminar on 'Gender Dimensions in DDR'
    25/Aug/2011
    The Norwegian Defence University College (NODEFIC), in collaboration with the Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR, is holding an International Training Seminar on ‘Gender Dimensions in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration’ which will take place from 23-29 October 2011 in Oslo, Norway.
  • Seminario internacional: Género en el Desarme, Desmovilización y Reinserción - DDR
    25/Aug/2011
    Por medio del presente nos es grato poner en su conocimiento la realización del primer seminario internacional destinado a Senior Managers en Desarme, Desmovilización y Reinserción – DDR, “Gender Dimensions in Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration”, organizado por el Norwegian Defense University College (NODEFIC) con la colaboración de la Inter-Agency Working Group on DDR.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - August 2011
    10/Aug/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.
  • Sexual violence in conflict: the rape of men
    19/Jul/2011
    In May 2011, the Nobel Women’s Initiative organised the conference 'Women Forging a New Security: Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict' with over 120 civil society activists, corporate and security sector leaders, military and peacekeeping personnel, and academics from around the world. Although the primary focus of that conference was on sexual violence against women, there was acknowledgement of how men are also affected. Sexual violence is one of the most horrific weapons of war, an instrument of terror used against women. Yet huge numbers of men are also victims.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - July 2011
    06/Jul/2011
    As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we are pleased to share the July 2011 Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council.
  • CEDAW: General Discussion on "women in conflict and post-conflict situations"
    24/Jun/2011
    The 49th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women being held from 11-29 July 2011 will include a general discussion on the protection of women in conflict and post-conflict situations in the context of the following provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
  • NATO Review: Small Arms, Big Impact
    16/Jun/2011
    The latest edition of NATO Review has the theme "Small Arms, Big Impact" and coincides with the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence 2011.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - June 2011
    31/May/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.