In October 2011, the IANSA Women’s Network provided input into and endorsed the WILPF-US White Paper on the development of a US National Action Plan (NAP) on UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.
The report recommends that the US SCR 1325 NAP recognise not only the foreign policy applications, but also the domestic policy implications of other international treaties and human rights instruments including the forthcoming Arms Trade Treaty; and the UN Programme of Action on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons.
With Secretary Clinton's announcement of the US SCR 1325 NAP, WILPF-US launched its Final Report of the Civil Society Consultations on the Development of the NAP. The report includes 64 Recommendations for implementation of UN SCR 1325 in the NAP, arising from what women in the U.S. articulated as constituting peace and security from a "human security" perspective.
The report has direct relevance to our work and makes the link between SCR 1325 and small arms control and gun violence prevention including recommendations such as:
Internationally and Nationally
31. Recognise and address the link between small arms and light weapons proliferation, internationally and in domestic urban centres, and violence against women.
In Regards to the Environment, Weapons Use and Manufacture
45. Support the enforcement, through stronger regulations and penalties for non-compliance, responsibility for mitigating effects of weapons pollution and restoring—to the extent possible—the ecological balance of communities affected by armed conflict on parties responsible for the environmental degradation and damage.
48. Explicitly link arms treaties—including land mines, cluster munitions, chemical and biological weapons, radiological weapons, and small arms and light weapons proliferation—with women’s safety and health.
C. Protection of women’s rights and elimination of sexual violence in conflict, taking into account the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and thus the international community’s responsibility to end sexual violence in conflict.
The availability of small arms—many of which are of U.S. manufacture—increases sexual violence against women, and yet gender-based violence is rarely mentioned in international discussions on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
The complete report is available online at:
More information and background on the civil society consultations with the Department of State, Office of Women’s Global Issues are also online at: http://wilpf.org/AHR