News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • EU: Position paper on implementation of Gender, Peace and Security commitments in 2011
    The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office has just released a position paper on the implementation of Gender, Peace and Security commitments in the EU in 2011. The paper includes detailed information about EU countries’ development of 1325 National Action Plans (NAPs), financial and human resources allocated to Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the engagement of civil society organisations in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of WPS plans.
  • SVRI Forum 2011: Moving the agenda forward
    From 10 - 13 October, the second international conference of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative was held in Cape Town, South Africa. During the four-day conference, people from around the world came together to debate, discuss and share new ideas and innovations for research on sexual violence.
  • Georgia: No Women, No Peace
    On 31 October 2011, IANSA women at the Cultural-Humanitarian Fund "Sukhumi" organised simultaneous vigils in the towns of Western Georgia (Kutaisi, Tskhaltubo, Khoni, Zugdidi, Ozurgeti, Batumi, Khurcha, Senaki and Poti) as part of the international campaign “No women, No peace!” As a member of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS UK), the IANSA Women's Network is part of the 'No women, no peace' campaign which aims to ensure that women's voices are heard in peace negotiations.
  • Online Seminar: Creating Safe and Gender Inclusive Cities
    Women in Cities International, in partnership with Red Mujer y Habitat and Centro de Estudios Urbano Regionales, is holding a free online seminar, ‘Introduction to Creating Safe and Gender Inclusive Cities’ as part of the Gender Inclusive Cities Programme. Gun violence perpetuates gender inequality and has a direct impact on how safe women feel in their daily lives at home, in their workplace and in public spaces.
  • Fathers, sons and guns: An interview with sociologist and author Michael Messner
    Guns are in the news every day in our society. They're the weapon of choice in countless "routine" homicides and mass murders. Motorcycle gang shootouts. Armed robberies. School shootings. Domestic violence rampages. Jackson Katz - educator, author, filmmaker, and cultural theorist - interviews Michael Messner, long-time professor of sociology and gender studies at the University of Southern California and author of numerous books on masculinity, sports and politics. Messner's new book is a memoir about his experience with guns in the context of his relationship with his now-deceased father and grandfather.
  • Rwanda: EASSI and National Focal Point conduct gender and SALW training
    Many thanks to IANSA women at the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) in Uganda for sharing this inspiring update about their work on gender and small arms in the region. EASSI is a lead institution in advocacy around the gender dimension of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - November 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 for November 2011.
  • IANSA women in Online Dialogue on Faith-Based Peacebuilding
    From 19 to 25 October 2011, four IANSA Women, Jasmin Nario Galace from the Center for Peace Education, The Philippines; Ema Tagicakibau from the Pacific Network for Peace and Disarmament in New Zealand; Jacqueline Ogega from Religions for Peace in the USA; and Mona Makhamreh from Manar for Human Development in Jordan, formed an IANSA Women's Network "resource practitioner team" and actively participated an online dialogue on faith-based peacebuilding from a gender perspective.
  • India: Doctors describe dire consequences of violence against women
    More than 375 women medical doctors from all over India discussed the impact of guns on women’s health during the national conference of the Association of Medical Women in India (AMWI) in Nagpur, India, on 15-16 October 2011.
  • Summary report: Session on Advancement of Women, UN GA Third Committee
    Support for UN Women and the Committee on the Elimination on the Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and the participation of women in political and peace processes were among the common themes addressed at the UN General Assembly Third Committee session on the Advancement of Women during the week of 10 October 2011.
  • The rape of Somalia's women is being ignored
    Recent drought has led to increased instability in the Horn of Africa and an accompanying surge in the proliferation of small arms. This article in The Guardian newspaper highlights the impact upon women particularly in relation to sexual violence perpetrated by men.
  • Femme d'IANSA - Leymah Gbowee - reçoit le Prix Nobel de la Paix 2011
    Nous sommes ravis de partager la nouvelle que la femme d’IANSA Mme Leymah Gbowee des WIPSEN-Afrique a reçu le Prix Nobel de la Paix 2011 aux côtés d'Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf du Liberia et de Tawakul Karman du Yémen.
  • IANSA woman - Leymah Gbowee - wins Nobel Peace Prize 2011
    We are delighted to share the news that IANSA women Ms Leymah Gbowee of WIPSEN-Africa has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf of Liberia and and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - October 2011
    As a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we are pleased to share the October 2011 Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council.
  • Pakistan: Guns aimed increasingly at women
    For many years, members of the IANSA Women’s Network have drawn attention to the use of small arms in violence against women including in crimes committed in the name of honour. IANSA members in Pakistan are cited in this recent article by the Inter Press Service (IPS).
  • Colombia: Victims of Sexual Violence Under Threat and on Their Own
    This article by the Inter Press Service (IPS) highlights the incidence of rape and sexual violence against women in Colombia with specific reference to the role of armed groups including security forces, paramilitaries, unidentified illegal armed groups or common criminals.
  • Turkey: Transforming cultures of violence
    Although this story does not relate directly to gun violence it is an inspiring example of an initiative taken in Turkey following an escalation in male violence at football games. IANSA women at the Umut Foundation in Turkey are supportive of this development and the contribution it makes to a gendered discussion of how to transform cultures of violence, including gun violence prevention.
  • Nepal: Impact of small arms on gender
    This article by IANSA woman Shobha Gautam of the Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON) and National Women Security Watch (NWS) focuses on the impact of small arms on gender in Nepal. Published in in The Telegraph (Nepal) on 21 September 2011 which is The International Day of Peace, the article provides a thorough overview of the Nepalese context and poses some questions for those of us working on the issue.
  • A Deadly Myth: Women, Handguns, and Self-Defence
    The report ‘A Deadly Myth: Women, Handguns, and Self-Defense’ from 2001 by The Violence Policy Center (VPC), remains relevant as recent media articles, particularly in the US, are focusing on the number of women purported to be buying and using guns.
  • Uganda: EASSI lead Gender and SALW Institute, 2011
    During August 2011, IANSA women at the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) organised a month long training of trainers on gender and small arms (SALW) in Kampala, Uganda to create awareness on the gender dimensions of small arms, and to develop the capacities of participants to conduct their own trainings on the issues.