Women at work: preventing gun violence

Women at work: preventing gun violence

Publisher: International Action Network on Small Arms Women’s Network
Publication Date: Apr 2012

This issue of the IANSA Women's Network (IANSA WN) bulletin begins with a piece by Suzanne Jimbul, describing a demonstration that took place on 12 April 2012 in Papua New Guinea (PNG); over on 1,000 women and girls from various churches and community-­based organisations in North Bougainville marched to Bel Isi Park with placards and banners demanding the total disposal of arms, and calling on the government to provide active leadership on gun issues and other law and order problems in the region. The event was organised by IANSA women of the Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency part of the Papua New Guinea Small Arms and Light Weapons (PNG SALW) Women's Working Committee. This article is followed by a rich variety of others in the ‘news and views’ section, including the following:

• ‘National commissions on small arms: a woman's perspective’, by Helen Hakena, Chair of the PNG SALW Women's Working Committee, describes how the Bougainville region is still coping with the impacts of a 20­-year civil war that ended in 2004. The spread of guns throughout PNG is a serious problem, which is particularly acute in Bougainville due to the legacy of easily available and unregulated guns there.

• ‘UN small arms process: IANSA Women celebrate progress’: report on preparations for the August 2012 Review Conference on the 2001 UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). This event is highlighted as an important opportunity to improve the PoA and make it more gender ­responsive.

• ‘Caribbean: radio interview on PoA’: in a brief radio piece, Guyana Ambassador George Talbot explains how combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons has been a priority for Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Member States.

• ‘Pakistan: new report on guns and violence against women’: A snapshot study conducted in districts of South Punjab including Multan, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur and DG Khan by IANSA members at Awaz Foundation Pakistan: Centre for Development Services shows that in almost 80% cases of violence against women the perpetrators use small arms to torture or kill the victims.

• ‘Canada: UNSCR 1325 & SALW control’: Maribel Gonzales of Project Ploughshares (Canada) makes the link between Resolution 1325 on women and peace (which makes no reference to small arms and light weapons) and small arms control initiatives such as the UN Programme of Action (PoA).

• ‘ATT: progress towards July negotiations’: this article describes the participation of members of the IANSA WN who in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee meeting in New York (February 2012).

• ‘8 March: International Women's Day’: highlights some of the different ways in which IANSA WN members around the world marked International Women's Day.

Among other contents, a variety of online resource information is also provided (links to campaigns, publications, etc.). This publication was made possible through support by the Government of Norway and Oxfam Novib.

This issue of the IANSA Women's Network (IANSA WN) bulletin begins with a piece by Suzanne Jimbul, describing a demonstration that took place on 12 April 2012 in Papua New Guinea (PNG); over 1,000 women and girls from various churches and community-­based organisations in North Bougainville marched to Bel Isi Park with placards and banners demanding the total disposal of arms, and calling on the government to provide active leadership on gun issues and other law and order problems in the region. The event was organised by IANSA women of the Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency part of the Papua New Guinea Small Arms and Light Weapons (PNG SALW) Women's Working Committee. This article is followed by a rich variety of others in the ‘news and views’ section, including the following:

• ‘National commissions on small arms: a woman's perspective’, by Helen Hakena, Chair of the PNG SALW Women's Working Committee, describes how the Bougainville region is still coping with the impacts of a 20­-year civil war that ended in 2004. The spread of guns throughout PNG is a serious problem, which is particularly acute in Bougainville due to the legacy of easily available and unregulated guns there.

• ‘UN small arms process: IANSA Women celebrate progress’: report on preparations for the August 2012 Review Conference on the 2001 UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). This event is highlighted as an important opportunity to improve the PoA and make it more gender ­responsive.

• ‘Caribbean: radio interview on PoA’: in a brief radio piece, Guyana Ambassador George Talbot explains how combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons has been a priority for Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Member States.

• ‘Pakistan: new report on guns and violence against women’: A snapshot study conducted in districts of South Punjab including Multan, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur and DG Khan by IANSA members at Awaz Foundation Pakistan: Centre for Development Services shows that in almost 80% cases of violence against women the perpetrators use small arms to torture or kill the victims.

• ‘Canada: UNSCR 1325 & SALW control’: Maribel Gonzales of Project Ploughshares (Canada) makes the link between Resolution 1325 on women and peace (which makes no reference to small arms and light weapons) and small arms control initiatives such as the UN Programme of Action (PoA).

• ‘ATT: progress towards July negotiations’: this article describes the participation of members of the IANSA WN who in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee meeting in New York (February 2012).

• ‘8 March: International Women's Day’: highlights some of the different ways in which IANSA WN members around the world marked International Women's Day.

Among other contents, a variety of online resource information is also provided (links to campaigns, publications, etc.). This publication was made possible through support by the Government of Norway and Oxfam Novib.

This issue of the IANSA Women's Network (IANSA WN) bulletin begins with a piece by Suzanne Jimbul, describing a demonstration that took place on 12 April 2012 in Papua New Guinea (PNG); over 1,000 women and girls from various churches and community-­based organisations in North Bougainville marched to Bel Isi Park with placards and banners demanding the total disposal of arms, and calling on the government to provide active leadership on gun issues and other law and order problems in the region. The event was organised by IANSA women of the Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency part of the Papua New Guinea Small Arms and Light Weapons (PNG SALW) Women's Working Committee. This article is followed by a rich variety of others in the ‘news and views’ section, including the following:

• ‘National commissions on small arms: a woman's perspective’, by Helen Hakena, Chair of the PNG SALW Women's Working Committee, describes how the Bougainville region is still coping with the impacts of a 20­-year civil war that ended in 2004. The spread of guns throughout PNG is a serious problem, which is particularly acute in Bougainville due to the legacy of easily available and unregulated guns there.

• ‘UN small arms process: IANSA Women celebrate progress’: report on preparations for the August 2012 Review Conference on the 2001 UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). This event is highlighted as an important opportunity to improve the PoA and make it more gender ­responsive.

• ‘Caribbean: radio interview on PoA’: in a brief radio piece, Guyana Ambassador George Talbot explains how combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons has been a priority for Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Member States.

• ‘Pakistan: new report on guns and violence against women’: A snapshot study conducted in districts of South Punjab including Multan, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur and DG Khan by IANSA members at Awaz Foundation Pakistan: Centre for Development Services shows that in almost 80% cases of violence against women the perpetrators use small arms to torture or kill the victims.

• ‘Canada: UNSCR 1325 & SALW control’: Maribel Gonzales of Project Ploughshares (Canada) makes the link between Resolution 1325 on women and peace (which makes no reference to small arms and light weapons) and small arms control initiatives such as the UN Programme of Action (PoA).

• ‘ATT: progress towards July negotiations’: this article describes the participation of members of the IANSA WN who in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee meeting in New York (February 2012).

• ‘8 March: International Women's Day’: highlights some of the different ways in which IANSA WN members around the world marked International Women's Day.

Among other contents, a variety of online resource information is also provided (links to campaigns, publications, etc.). This publication was made possible through support by the Government of Norway and Oxfam Novib.

This issue of the IANSA Women's Network (IANSA WN) bulletin begins with a piece by Suzanne Jimbul, describing a demonstration that took place on 12 April 2012 in Papua New Guinea (PNG); over 1,000 women and girls from various churches and community-­based organisations in North Bougainville marched to Bel Isi Park with placards and banners demanding the total disposal of arms, and calling on the government to provide active leadership on gun issues and other law and order problems in the region. The event was organised by IANSA women of the Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency part of the Papua New Guinea Small Arms and Light Weapons (PNG SALW) Women's Working Committee. This article is followed by a rich variety of others in the ‘news and views’ section, including the following:

• ‘National commissions on small arms: a woman's perspective’, by Helen Hakena, Chair of the PNG SALW Women's Working Committee, describes how the Bougainville region is still coping with the impacts of a 20­-year civil war that ended in 2004. The spread of guns throughout PNG is a serious problem, which is particularly acute in Bougainville due to the legacy of easily available and unregulated guns there.

 • ‘UN small arms process: IANSA Women celebrate progress’: report on preparations for the August 2012 Review Conference on the 2001 UN Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (PoA). This event is highlighted as an important opportunity to improve the PoA and make it more gender ­responsive.

 • ‘Caribbean: radio interview on PoA’: in a brief radio piece, Guyana Ambassador George Talbot explains how combating the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons has been a priority for Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Member States.

• ‘Pakistan: new report on guns and violence against women’: A snapshot study conducted in districts of South Punjab including Multan, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur and DG Khan by IANSA members at Awaz Foundation Pakistan: Centre for Development Services shows that in almost 80% cases of violence against women the perpetrators use small arms to torture or kill the victims.

• ‘Canada: UNSCR 1325 & SALW control’: Maribel Gonzales of Project Ploughshares (Canada) makes the link between Resolution 1325 on women and peace (which makes no reference to small arms and light weapons) and small arms control initiatives such as the UN Programme of Action (PoA).

• ‘ATT: progress towards July negotiations’: this article describes the participation of members of the IANSA WN in the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Preparatory Committee meeting in New York (February 2012).

• ‘8 March: International Women's Day’: highlights some of the different ways in which IANSA WN members around the world marked International Women's Day.

Among other contents, a variety of online resource information is also provided (links to campaigns, publications, etc.). This publication was made possible through support by the Government of Norway and Oxfam Novib.