From 2 to 27 July, negotiations are taking place at the UN headquarters in New York to draft and agree upon an Arms Trade Treaty. A week before the end of the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations, discussions among states are heating up. IANSA Women continue to advocate tirelessly for a strong treaty that can prevent gender-based violence.


Joint Policy Paper on Gender and the Arms Trade Treaty
Widely shared with governments by IANSA Women in capitals and in New York, this paper is a useful advocacy tool, and can also assist licensing officers and others involved in arms transfer decisions:
French version:
Thank you to our intern, Flavie Bertouille, for the translation.
Turkish version:
Thank you to Umut Foundation, IANSA member in Turkey for translating and sharing on their website

IANSA Women’s Network Position Paper
For more general background on the IANSA Women’s Network position to date, please see 'The ATT: An important opportunity to prevent gender based violence at gunpoint':

ATT Monitor
The ATT Monitor is a source of independent civil society journalism. You can subscribe to receive it daily by email at Archived editions of all ATT Monitors are also available on the Reaching Critical Will website. The ATT Monitor is produced by Reaching Critical Will/WILPF in partnership with Global Action to Prevent War, World Council of Churches, and IANSA. Read the ATT Monitor Blog here:
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We will be posting daily summaries of the negotiations on the main IANSA website.
Reaching Critical Will provides statements, documents, and other primary resources from the negotiating conference and all of the ATT preparatory committees, along with backgroundinformation, action toolkits, and links to civil society resources and materials.
An online database for tracking government positions on all ATT issues, developed by Reaching Critical Will/WILPF and the Control Arms Campaign-check it out today to see what your country has said about the treaty.



IANSA Woman Jasmin Nario-Galace hands over petition for strong ATT to Ban Ki Moon
At the beginning of the negotiations, Jasmin Nario-Galace from the Center for Peace Education in the Philippines participated in a ceremony to hand over petitions for a strong Arms Trade Treaty to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. See pictures of the handover ceremony here:

Call for an Arms Trade Treaty that can prevent gender-based violence
107 civil society organisations and networks from around the world have joined our call to include gender-based violence in the criteria of the Arms Trade Treaty. We distributed the list of signatories to delegates. The list can be found here:


Press Briefing on the Arms Trade Treaty Negotiations
Marren Akatsa Bukachi from the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) participated in a press briefing with 25 members of the media. She spoke about the negotiations and the inclusion of small arms, ammunition and gender in the Arms Trade Treaty.

Briefing for the Friends of 1325 on small arms control
Jasmin Nario-Galace of the Centre for Peace Education in the Philippines and Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary-General gave a briefing to the “Friends of 1325”, a group of states supportive of the goals of UN Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the Security Council. The briefing took place at the Mission of Canada. Jasmin presented her work on the UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan (NAP) and how she made links between the NAP and small arms control. She spoke about the importance of linking small arms control initiatives such as the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Programme of Action on small arms to the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

WILPF training and exchange on the arms trade and challenging militarism
Martha Quintero of the Colectivo Mujeres Pazificas in Colombia, Jasmin Nario-Galace of the Centre for Peace Education in the Philippines and Marren Akatsa Bukachi of EASSI participated in a training day on the arms trade and women’s activism against militarism, organised by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). They each presented their work challenging militarism and linking small arms control, gender and UNSCR 1325.

NGO Speeches to the plenary of the Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference
Mimidoo Achakpa from the Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP), Nigeria and Jasmin Nario Galace of the Centre for Peace Education in the Philippines gave speeches to the plenary and spoke about key elements that need to be included in the ATT, including gender-based violence.
Read Jasmin’s speech here:
Read Mimidoo’s speech here:

Side Event: Addressing the Impacts of the International Arms Trade on Gender Based Violence, 12 July 2012
The IANSA Women’s Network, Amnesty International, WILPF and the Mission of Finland co-organised a side event on the ATT and gender-based violence. To a packedaudience, IANSA Woman Marren Akatsa Bukachi shared her experiences working with EASSI in East Africa and training security sector officials on gender. Panellists also included Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary-General, Clare Da Silva, Amnesty International’s legal advisor, and Dr. Dan Kuwali, a representative of Malawi. They presented why and how gender-based violence must be explicitly considered in risk assessments preceding arms transfer decisions. Marren’s speech is available here:

ATT Monitor Article: "Women's participation in the diplomatic negotiations on an ATT"
This article by IANSA woman Jasmin Nario-Galace considers the presence and participation of women on UN member state delegations at the Arms Trade Treaty Diplomatic Conference (ATT DipCon) in relation to UN Security Council Resolution 1325:

Women in Black and Forget-Me-Nots: Reminding delegates that the arms trade is not just any trade
On Thursday, 12 July, IANSA Women, including Kenneth Enim Ampi, DRC, Marie Thérèse Ngandji, Gabon, Martha Quintero, Colombia, Marren Akatsa Bukachi, Kenya, Jasmin Nario Galace, Philippines and Ema Tagicakibau, Fiji, as well as members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), women from Amnesty International and the ControlArms coalition wore black and handed out pins, postcards and leaflets with forget-me-nots at the entrance of the conference room to remind all those participating in Arms Trade Treaty negotiations that the arms trade is not just any trade, that it is about militarism, violence and war and that it has specific gender dimensions. They also handed out flowers to thank delegations, who have made statements supporting the inclusion of gender language in thetreaty. Photos are available here:


Side Event: Women’s Human Rights - The Arms Trade Treaty and CEDAW, 20 July 2012
“Women of Africa are making safer homes, communities and countries. We are experts in highlighting local and national issues on small arms and women. Disarmament, arms control, peace and security processes must reflect our voices,” said IANSA Women Michèle Pepe of Cote d’Ivoire to a packed room at UN Women offices in New York. Almost 100 people, including ATT delegates, CEDAW experts and civil society representatives attended the side event “Women’s Human Rights - The Arms Trade Treaty and CEDAW”, co-hosted by the IANSA Women's Network, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the International Alliance of Women (IAW) and UN Women. The panel, chaired by Anne Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Peace and Security, UN Women, discussed important ways in which the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of discrimination against Women (CEDAW) along with the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security can work to prevent discrimination and violence against women, particularly in conflict and post-conflict situations. In addition to Michèle Pepe, speakers also included Pramila Patten, CEDAW expert and Chair, Working Group on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations, Nicole Ameline, Vice-Chair, CEDAW committee and expert, Vanessa Farr, International expert and consultant, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

"A Step Back? 'Gender-based violence' vs. 'violence against women and children' in the preamble"
By Maria Butler, PeaceWomen of WILPF and Rebecca Gerome, IANSA Women's Network
This article, published in the ATT Monitor explains the difference between the terms “gender-based violence” and “violence against women and children” and suggests language for the preamble of the treaty.

IANSA Women advocating in New York include Martha Quintero of the Colectivo de Mujeres Pazificas in Colombia, Kenneth Enim Ampi, of the Femmes des Médias pour la Justice au Congo (FMJC), DRC, Folade Mutota of WINAD, Trinidad & Tobago, Michèle Pepe, RASALAO-Cote d’Ivoire, Nounou Booto, IANSA, UK/DRC, Marie Thérèse Ngandji, CARITAS, Gabon, Ema Tagicakibau, Pacific Foundation for the Advancement Women, Fiji, Mimidoo Achakpa from the Women’s Right to Education Programme (WREP), Nigeria, Jasmin Nario-Galace, Centre for Peace Education, The Philippines, Marren Akatsa-Bukachi, EASSI, Kenya, Maria-Pia Devoto, APP, Argentina.