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  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - October 2010
    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.
  • Trinidad & Tobago at UN General Assembly 2010: Women, peace and security
    On 25 September 2010, the UN Secretary-General met with H.E. Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, in the margins of the 65th General Assembly. Mrs. Persad-Bissessar became the first woman Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago on 26 May 2010, and is current Chair of the Commonwealth, and Chair of Caricom's High Level Group on Security. The meeting highlighted the importance of the fight against organised crime and small arms proliferation, not just for Trinidad and Tobago, but for the entire Caribbean region.
  • Brussels Conference Conclusions: SCR 1325 'Ensuring women's participation in peace and security'
    On 9 September 2010 the European Union (EU) and Belgium organised an event in Brussels called 'Ensuring women’s participation in peace and security' to mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.
  • Geneva Conference Conclusions - Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action
    On 15-16 September 2010 the European Union (EU) and Belgium held an event in Geneva, Switzerland on 'Women, Peace and Security: from Resolution to Action' to discuss the Protection agenda under UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) 1325.
  • DRC: Statement about mass rapes in DRC by UN SG's Network of Men Leaders
    Last year the African Union declared this decade, 2010-2020, the African Women’s Decade. Between July 30th and August 4th nearly 500 women and girls, and some boys and men, were raped in and around the village of Luvungi in the Eastern DRC in a campaign of ongoing terror waged by armed groups who use rape as a weapon of war. To date, armed groups and soldiers from the Congolese armed forces have raped over 200,000 women.
  • International: WILPF Statement on the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
    The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom emphasizes the links between military expenditure, the arms trade, violent conflict, and the reduction of available resources for social and economic development. Governments that spend excessive financial, technological, and human resources on their militaries divert resources from economic, social, and environmental programmes. The military-industrial-academic complex—composed of a state’s armed forces, the government, suppliers of weapons systems and services (corporations), and academic institutions that conduct research on weapon systems and designs—absorbs vast amounts of funding that could otherwise be spent on human security, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Furthermore, funds reserved for development initiatives are increasingly spent on emergency relief and rehabilitation operations to clean up after violent conflict.
  • Virtual Discussion: The Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
    From Tuesday 3 August - Monday 23 August 2010, the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW as part of UN Women), the Swedish National Defence College, and the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) hosted a virtual dialogue entitled, “The Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325)."
  • Launch of the UN-INSTRAW UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan Map
    The Gender, Peace and Security Programme of UN-INSTRAW (as part of UN Women) announces the launch of the new UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan interactive map.
  • West Africa: Backing UN SCR 1325 promoting role of women in peace and security
    On 17 September 2010, West African countries moved towards ensuring the equal participation and full involvement in all peace and security issues in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Representatives of 16 countries across the region adopted the Dakar Declaration after a three-day forum in the Senegalese capital that considered how West Africa can better implement resolution 1325.
  • Canada: Why gun control is really a gender issue
    Mavis Moore was 4 years old the first time she faced the barrel of a long gun. A neighbour pointed his .22 at the girl and her mother when they stopped by to pick up a newspaper in their small Saskatchewan town. Sixty-eight years later, Moore remembers dropping one blue angora mitten in the snow as the man stood above them on his steps. “You can't imagine what it's like, this adult man having a gun on you and threatening to kill you and your mother,” she says.
  • Canada: Families and Small Communities Pay A Terrible Price for Gun Violence
    Victims of violence are calling on politicians to save the firearms registry. “The recent suggestion that the support for the registry is drive by ‘Toronto elites’ should not be dignified with a response,” said founder of Canadians Against Violence (CAVEAT), Priscilla de Villiers. “Rates of firearm death and injury are higher in rural areas because guns are more readily available. Women and police officers are more likely to be killed with firearms in smaller communities. Rates of suicide and accidents are also much higher.”
  • Women Making Peace: UN Security Council Resolution 1325, 10 Years On
    IANSA women actively participated in an experts’ meeting and a public forum hosted by the United Nations University (UNU) Institute for Sustainability and Peace to assess progress made towards integrating women’s voices, perspectives and skills in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.
  • Canada: Toronto victims support long-gun registry
    Let us not forget the victims. That was the message from a group of people who gathered at Toronto Police headquarters Wednesday, united by tragic circumstances and desperate pleas to save the long-gun registry.
  • Former Chilean president Bachelet to head new high-profile UN women’s agency
    Today UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head United Nations Women (UN Women), a newly created entity to oversee all of the world body’s programmes aimed at promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs.
  • International: PRIO Gender, Peace and Security Update: July-August 2010
    The latest edition of PRIO's 'Gender, Peace and Security Update' is now available. PRIO is The International Peace Research Institute, Oslo, part of the NISAT Coalition which is an IANSA member in Norway.
  • NGO WG: Monthly Action Points for the UN Security Council - September 2010
    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.
  • International: Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence: Newsletter 13 - August 2010
    IANSA women are delighted that information from the women’s portal and mailing lists has been included, particularly successes reported from Kenya, research from the Caribbean, and women’s experience from Brazil. This highlights how information from and by IANSA women is being used by both members and allies in their work on small arms control and armed violence prevention, and underscores what a valuable resource our network is.
  • Asia and the Pacific: Women in peace processes
    Ten years since UN Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was passed “reaffirming the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts”, peacemaking still largely excludes women. Casting a specific focus on Asia and the Pacific, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue project, ‘Women at the peace table: Asia Pacific’, aims to both examine and enhance women’s contributions to peace processes across the region.
  • USA: Legal Guns
    Last week Solomon Mhlongo was sentenced to an effective 23 years in prison for the murder of his common-law wife Elizabeth and five-year old daughter Tlaleng. Two years earlier he emptied a magazine of bullets into Elizabeth and Tlaleng, stopped to reload and then continued firing until the gun jammed.
  • Canada: The long-gun registry is an essential tool
    As you may know, in November 2009 in Canada, the House of Commons passed the second reading of Private Member’s Bill C-391, which proposes to abolish the requirement to register rifles and shotguns. The vote to determine the future of the registry is now delayed until next month (September 2010) when the House of Commons will decide whether or not to abandon the registry. Women’s groups from across the country, including the Ad Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality and Human Rights, insist that the registry is an essential tool in combating violence against women. Here is their latest press release.