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  • 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.
  • Cote d'Ivoire: Women bring food to market, against all odds
    20/Mar/2011
    Vegetable seller Caroline Tibet recently lost about US$420 in aubergines, cassava and okra when gunfire broke out near the truck just loaded up with her goods near the town of Duékoué in western Côte d'Ivoire.
  • Côte d'Ivoire: Les femmes continuent d'approvisionner le marchér
    20/Mar/2011
    Cet article d’IRIN, un service du Bureau des Nations Unies pour la coordination des affaires humanitaires, met en évidence le rôle des femmes dans l'économie locale et le combat pour assurer la subsistance en raison de la violence armée.
  • CSW 2011: CEDAW Committee Statement - women and armed conflict references
    17/Mar/2011
    The statement by Ms Silvia Pimentel, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) presented to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on 22 February 2011 includes specific reference to aspects of our work as IANSA women, including the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women; the need to strengthen the Treaty body framework which we should take into account as the Arms Trade Treaty moves forward; and the issue of various groups at risk in conflict and post conflict contexts.
  • Canada: IWD - Gun Control Helps Keep Women Safe
    14/Mar/2011
    To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada published the briefing ‘Gun Control Helps Keep Women Safe’. It also contains a call for action and details of how you can get involved to help defend the existing law in Canada.
  • Guns, war and the domestic battlefield
    08/Mar/2011
    This article was published on openDemocracy on 8 March 2011. As guns proliferate in a worldwide market with few controls, many get diverted from state and rebel armies to petty criminals and 'the man in the street'. Sexual and domestic violence is becoming more deadly, reports Cynthia Cockburn.
  • IANSA women sign onto IWD statement
    08/Mar/2011
    On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the IANSA Women’s Network signed on the statement (attached) which aims to highlight that women are more than just victims of armed conflict, whose contributions and skills are required for sustainable peace.
  • International Women's Day 2011
    07/Mar/2011
    Today hundreds of events are taking place around the world to mark and celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Many IANSA women from Afghanistan to El Salvador are holding activities today and throughout the month of March. I would also like to take a few moments to congratulate you all on your achievements and successes during the last 12 months. It is you – incredible IANSA women – that make the IANSA Women’s Network such a strong, diverse and dynamic network.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - March 2011
    03/Mar/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.
  • Ivory Coast eyewitness: Women 'slaughtered by soldiers'
    03/Mar/2011
    The attention of the world may be on the Middle East but violence is apparent elsewhere. This eyewitness account from a woman in Cote d’Ivoire highlights the urgent need for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). IANSA women have joined the call for the Treaty to cover all weapons, munitions and related equipment for the use of force in military, police and internal security operations enforcement to ensure that the Treaty will prevent grave human rights abuses.