News, features and analysis from around the world.

  • Canada: New victims' advocate urged to back gun registry
    The new federal ombudsman for victims of crime should speak out in support of the long-gun registry because it helps protect the public, says her predecessor.
  • USA: No easy way out: Domestic violence strikes all kinds of families
    A recent tragedy involving an educated, successful couple is a reminder that domestic violence can hit home anywhere. When Dr. Chukwudubem Okafor fired one bullet into his wife Cheryl's head and two more into her chest - then put the handgun in his mouth and again pulled the trigger - the murder-suicide seemed to defy all logic.
  • UN Special Rapportuer on Violence Against Women - Individual Complaints Process
    This may be particularly useful to highlight the impact of gun violence upon women in your country or community, and for those of you working on the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign. The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Causes and Consequences, is mandated to seek and receive information on violence against women, its causes and consequences from Governments, treaty bodies, specialized agencies, other special rapporteurs responsible for various human rights questions and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including women's organizations, and to respond effectively to such information.
  • UN SCR 1325: 10th anniversary - Peacewomen resources
    The occasion of the 10th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is not only a commemoration of the historic achievements that have been made - it also provides an invaluable opportunity to assess the effectiveness of implementation to date.
  • UNIFEM: 1325 anniversary petition
    There is a new initiative underway at the United Nations to bolster women’s equal participation in peacebuilding and you can help.
  • PeaceWomen ENews: Editorial by Margot Wallström
    The latest edition of PeaceWomen ENews features a special editorial from UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallström. In it she writes, "Survivors are their own best advocates. I hope to not only champion their cause, but to empower them to create a permanent and globally-networked pressure group. We all need to join forces to maintain the current momentum on 1325, 1820 and related resolutions well beyond the October milestone."
  • International: UNINSTRAW virtual discussion - DDR - Final Summary
    During the three-week virtual discussion, more than 315 experts from 62 countries around the world registered, exchanging experiences and discussing good practices, lessons learned and recommendations for integrating gender into DDR processes. This summary highlights some of the main issues that were addressed by participants during the discussion. Additionally, this document contains a bibliography of related documents.
  • International: Monthly Action Points for the Security Council - August 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: Virtual Discussion on the Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of UNSCR1325
    The United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW as part of UN Women), the Swedish National Defence College, and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) are pleased to announce the launching of a three-week virtual dialogue “The Role of the Armed Forces in the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UN SCR 1325)”.
  • USA: Oregon Officer Wife-Abuse Probe Preceded Killings
    A suicide-killing rampage by an Oregon sheriff's officer in February leaves critics wondering why district attorneys were not involved in a domestic-violence investigation of the officer in 2009 and why he kept his badge and gun.
  • International: War makes widows and so do guns
    The latest newsletter from Widows' Rights International (WRI) highlights their support for IANSA's work on small arms control, and the role of guns in creating widows.
  • Sierra Leone: From War to Peacebuilding
    "I fought in the war with the Civil Defense Force. I had been a hunter and I had experience with community mobilization. I didn’t need much training to fight. I thought there was no other option but to fight." An employee at Bo Peace and Reconciliation in Sierra Leone spoke frankly to our research group. He was a distinguished middle-aged man who spoke in an authoritative manner. He was the first ex-combatant we had knowingly encountered.
  • India: Imphal-Ukhrul road blocked over killing of housewife
    IMPHAL, Jul 27: The irate villagers of Sabungkhok Mayai Leikai called an Imphal-Ukhrul road blockade from early this morning to protest the killing of a housewife in Sabungkhok village Mayai Leikai under Lamlai police station last night around 11 pm by two unidentified gunmen suspected to be UGs in front of her children.
  • International: Gender Dimensions of Operating in Complex Security Environments
    Dr Jemilah Mahmood of UNFPA participated in a panel discussion on 15 July 2010 at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2010 Humanitarian Affairs Segment. She linked to the multi-agency article, 'Women, men and gun violence: options for action', which forms part of a larger publication on directions for the reduction of small arms control and emphasises a gender equity approach to reduce risks and bolster resilience to insecurity and violence.
  • International: Peacewomen eNews, July 2010
    The July 2010 edition focuses on the 10th anniversary of the UN SCR 1325 in October and PeaceWomen reaffirm the need for all actors (Member States, UN Agencies, Civil Society, Donors) to focus on action and impact for all that we do and plan: we need to ask the simple words – “so what?”… “So what” will the impact of our actions be? “So what?..."
  • USA: Why Gun Control Laws Are a Feminist Issue
    The recent Supreme Court decision that expanded Second Amendment rights has left feminist groups silent, even though women are more likely to die of gun violence at the hands of domestic abusers.
  • International: UNINSTRAW virtual discussion - week two - DDR - Summary on Good Practices and Lessons Learned
    The UN-INSTRAW would like to thank all of those who have participated so far in the Virtual Discussion on Gender and DDR for their insightful comments and active participation. Registration is ongoing and UNINSTRAW welcomes new participants in week three of discussion.
  • Colombia: Demanding a Second Chance for Colombia's Children of War - Girls
    The shy 14-year-old was not sure how many people she had killed. “When it was my turn to shoot someone, I always hid my face because I was afraid.” Julia (not her real name) is one of thousands of children in Colombia who have been recruited for combat in a decades-long war.
  • Eastern African women denounce attacks in Kampala and call for peace in the region
    IANSA women in East Africa have issued this press release in response to the attacks in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday 11 July 2010.
  • USA: Domestic violence - Sheehan says her police officer husband blocked all exits
    Barbara Sheehan will soon be tried on homicide charges for shooting her husband, a retired police officer. Sheehan wanted to leave her husband Raymond many times before the day she ended his life by shooting him with one of the guns she says he often pointed at her. She now faces murder charges in Queens, N.Y., for the slaying of her husband, a retired New York City police officer.