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  • New Women's Network Seeks to End Gun Violence in the Home
    For a growing number of women around the world, the greatest risk from guns is not on the streets or the battlefield, but in their own homes - and most of the deaths are caused by a close acquaintance.
  • Time to disarm violent domestic abusers
    Federal and state laws prohibit convicted domestic-violence offenders from possessing firearms, but enforcement of those laws has been lax, write guest columnists Merril Cousin and Nan Stoops. They urge all law-enforcement agencies to follow proven strategies for getting guns out of the home.
  • Disarming Domestic Violence campaign
    The first international campaign to protect women from gun violence in the home. The main goal is to ensure that anyone with a history of domestic abuse is denied access to a firearm, or have their licenses revoked, in each of the 10 core participating countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, El Salvador, Namibia, Nepal, Portugal, Serbia and Uganda.
  • Young Female Fighters in African Wars
    This report aims to provide policy makers and aid practitioners with a state-of-the-art overview of the situation for young women in African war and post-war situations.
  • A Curriculum for Women Waging Peace
    This unique tool draws on more than a decade of original research and training by The Institute for Inclusive Security and accomplished women peace builders from areas including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia, Haiti, Iraq, Israel and Palestine, Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and Sudan.
  • CEDAW - Thematic briefing on ‘Women and Armed Conflict’
    To further the discourse regarding the protection and promotion of women’s human rights in situations of conflict, post conflict and in societies in transition, various national and international women’s rights organisations have engaged the CEDAW Committee in a process of dialogue in the hope of creating a General Comment regarding the advancement of women’s human rights in conflict affected areas. In so doing, it is hoped that this General Comment will act complimentary to and further the existing Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 addressing women affected by conflict.
  • West, Central and North Africa: Supporting the Arms Trade Treaty Process
    IANSA woman Justine KWACHU, Executive Director of WAA Cameroon participated in a meeting for civil society from West, Central and Northern Africa on 'Supporting an Arms Trade Treaty' in Lome, Togo from 15-16 April 2009.
  • Thoughts on the Global Symposium on Engaging Men & Boys in Gender Equality
  • International: Women, girls and human security
    Kristen Cordell writes about her views on provision of human security, an issue that was highlighted by several sessions she attended at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2009, including 'Towards an Arms Trade Treaty: Women's Rights' organised by the IANSA Women's Network.
  • India: 16-year-old girl gang raped at gunpoint in Bihar
    A 16-year-old girl was allegedly gang raped at gun point in Bihar by unidentified men, who then tried to kill her by setting her ablaze when she told her family of the assault, police sources said here Thursday.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Small arms used in fatal attacks on women in 2008
    Two days into the new year, the Express takes the time to reflect on a 2008 that was plagued by violence and bloodshed. With a record high murder figure, surpassing that of last year's 395, what was particularly astonishing was how many women fell prey to violent attacks.
  • USA: United By Painful Losses, Mothers Continue Fight Against Violence
    This club doesn't recruit, and the membership dues are steep. In fact, most of its members would pay anything not to belong. The club is called Mothers United Against Violence and, as its name suggests, it's made up largely of moms.
  • India: Women's possession of guns linked to 'empowerment'
    In the Rewa District of Madhya Pradesh there has been an increase in the number of women with licenses to possess guns. A worrying trend especially considering the motive behind the move, "to boost their confidence and social status."
  • USA: The implications of an armed private security sector
    Linda Milazzo writes about her encounter with an armed Brink's Inc. security guard in full combat mode performing his non-war-zone duty. She writes that her "aggressor more typified the machismo of a Blackwater guard than the demeanor of community-minded Brink's when he flailed his loaded gun at me, as though he'd done it often before."
  • South Africa: Every six hours a woman's partner kills her
    A December 2008 seminar on the impact of firearms on domestic violence has heard that on average one woman a day is shot dead by an intimate partner, and around 80% of the guns used are legal.