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  • 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.
  • IANSA woman reports from the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC)
    25/May/2011
    IANSA woman, Florella Hazeley, the National Coordinator of the Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) has shared this information with us from the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation (IEPC) organised by the World Council of Churches in Kingston, Jamaica.
  • Canada: Open Letter - Mothers of Gun Violence Victims Call for Help to Save the Gun Registry this Mother’s Day
    06/May/2011
    In response to the recent election, we, the mothers of victims of gun violence, are calling on politicians to stand up for public safety. During the election it became clear that many candidates were ill-informed about how important the gun registry is as a tool for police.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - May 2011
    03/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.
  • Call for information on events: UN SCR 1325, and women and peace and security
    19/Apr/2011
    The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) works to share knowledge and information on women and peace and security, and is creating a new page on the GNWP website listing global events relating to UN Security Council Resolutions 1325, 1820 and Women and Peace and Security overall.
  • Call for applications: Women PeaceMakers and Peace Writers
    18/Apr/2011
    The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego in California is currently accepting applications for its Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM).
  • WILPF Report: Conference linking Disarmament and Gender
    18/Apr/2011
    Thanks to WILPF for sharing this report from the annual International Women's Day seminar on disarmament which focused on the new General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/69 on "Women, Disarmament, Non-proliferation and Arms Control".
  • Limit Arms Exports to Reduce Violence against Women
    14/Apr/2011
    An opinion piece ‘Limit Arms Exports to Reduce Violence against Women’ by IANSA woman Rebecca Gerome has been published as part of the competition "Empowering Women in International Relations." Sponsored by the U.S. Mission to NATO and the NATO Public Diplomacy Division, the op-ed competition was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
  • CSW 55 summary report from PeaceWomen/WILPF
    06/Apr/2011
    PeaceWomen/WILPF has developed a report on the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for those who were not able to participate. It includes information on topics of interest to IANSA women, including summaries on side events that we participated in.
  • DCAF: International and Regional Laws and Instruments - SSR and Gender
    05/Apr/2011
    In recent years, international and regional organisations have adopted a number of important standards concerning the need to address gender issues in security processes and institutions. These include the new Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - April 2011
    01/Apr/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.
  • Minnesota,US: Following the firearms - A reporter's notebook
    30/Mar/2011
    Firearms are the most accessible and lethal tool people use to kill others. In the US city of Minneapolis last year, 30 of the city's 40 homicides were committed with a firearm. Law enforcement officials say a majority of people locked up for committing felony level gun crimes were felons forbidden by law to possess firearms including through incidents of domestic violence.