International Women's Day 2011

08 March 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.

Here are just a few of our collective highlights from the last year.

UN SCR 1325
The Philippines was the first Asian country to adopt a National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. Thanks to the expertise of IANSA women such as Dr. Jasmin Nario-Galace of the Center for Peace Education & Sulong CARHRIHL, the NAP is the first ever to include a specific section dealing with small arms control in relation to violence against women.

The Disarm Domestic Violence campaign went to the end of the world!
In March 2010 in Ushuia (Argentina), the southernmost city in the world, more than 90 women community leaders, government officials, journalists and students participated in an event to support the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign, organised by the Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP) and Ushuaia Parliament, with the support of the IANSA Women’s Network.

The second women only training institute on ‘Women and small arms control’
In April 2010, following the successful pilot women-only Institute in Ethiopia, a second one took place in Central America. The 4 day Institute was held in Mexico City, and participants included IANSA women, female police officers, and government officials working in the field of SALW control. They came from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
In preparation for the MDG Review Summit in September 2010, IANSA women took the opportunity to advocate for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) particularly gender equality, the third MDG and argued that this cannot be achieved without eliminating gun violence against women.

Biennial Meeting of States on SALW: Guidelines for gender mainstreaming for the effective implementation of the UN PoA
IANSA together with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs Regional Disarmament Branch (UNODA/RDB) launched the revised Guidelines in order to refocus efforts based on new developments, progress made and lessons learnt in the implementation of the PoA, as well as in the area of gender mainstreaming in peace and security.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence
IANSA women were very active during the 16 days, and focused on ending gun violence against women in their countries and communities. Last year they focused on urging governments to take action on the commitments they have made to ending armed violence, including domestic violence, against women.

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