From 31 July to 3 August 2011, women campaigners from all over the world gathered at the International Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). With support from WILPF Sweden Sarah Masters accepted the invitation to speak on behalf of the IANSA Women’s Network to highlight the issue of small arms control and violence against women, and the link with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.
Sarah also shared information about the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and women’s engagement in the process to date. This contributed to the development and passing of a WILPF Resolution on the Arms Trade Treaty which contains important points in relation to small arms proliferation, and gender based and sexual violence, and reinforces and complements the position of the IANSA Women’s Network in this regard.
The Resolution is available at: http://www.wilpfinternational.org/resolutions/2011/resolution_armstradet...
IANSA members from Nigeria, DR Congo, Pakistan and Spain also participated in the Congress and made successful applications to become new WILPF country sections.
For more information see: http://www.wilpfinternational.org