Subject: [fem-women2000 682] Women's GlobalNet #174. Pt.1: Women, Peace and Disarmament
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Initiatives and Activities of Women Worldwide
By Anne S. Walker, Kirsten Isgro and Felicity Hill

August 1 2001


1. The UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light 
Weapons in All Its Aspects, New York, 9-20 July, 2001.

Diplomats from more than 140 nations gathered in July 2001 to address 
critical humanitarian, development, and human rights issues involved in 
the practice of small arms trafficking. Anti-gun/peace activists, weapon 
makers, and a contingent of determined women were also in attendance. 

After a bumpy start that included a presentation by the US 
representative who clearly stated the "US constitutional right of all 
individuals to keep and bear arms", the two-week conference went on to 
finally adopt a programme of action that amongst other things: a) calls 
upon the UN to support the development of national systems to regulate 
the activities of arms brokers; b) ensures that manufacturers mark all 
small arms so that their movements can be traced.  

For more information about this UN Conference and issues surrounding 
small arms, visit the following web-sites: 
UN Department for Disarmament Affairs:
United Nations Publications on Small Arms:
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA): 

Disarmament Times Daily, a publication of the NGO Committee on 
Disarmament, Inc.:
Global Policy Forum:

謬here are over 500 million small arms and light weapons in the world, 
40% of which are illegal. More are being produced each day.
彦rom 500,000 - 700,000 lives each year are claimed by small arms and 
light weapons. This represents more than the number who died in and as a 
result of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
謬housands of children are being forced to kill and are being killed in 
wars serving the greed of the powerful.
謬here are no global laws to control the flow of weapons to drug 
dealers, terrorists and areas of conflict.

0% of casualties caused by small arms are women and children. More 
civilian women are killed than soldiers in situations of armed conflict. 

標omen are subjected to rape, sexual abuse, economic and physical 
violence at the hands of men wielding guns. Women refugees are 
particularly vulnerable.
膝irls and young women by the tens of thousands are being kidnapped and 
forced into sexual slavery by gun-wielding men. 
謬he percentage of women shot and killed by their intimate partners in 
the USA is 80%, in Brazil it痴 46and in Canada it痴 25%.
標omen are key in conflict resolution and peace-building activities.

The IANSA Women痴 Caucus met throughout the conference. The 
International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) called the caucus 
together with the following objectives: 1) to educate and provide 
outreach to women's organizations about small arms; 2) to ensure that 
regional concerns are heard, particularly those from conflict affected 
regions; and 3) to raise public awareness about the linkage between 
small arms proliferation and the negative impacts upon women's rights. 

Friday, 13 July, was Women痴 Day, beginning with a well-attended 
breakfast and panel discussion that addressed the ways in which the wide 
availability and use of small arms affects women. In the afternoon, an 
NGO panel continued the discussion and included readings of women痴 
testimonies. Many women wore black for the day in silent protest against 
violence against women in all regions of the world. 

Key issues raised by the Women痴 Caucus can be found in the caucus 
statement presented to the Distinguished Members of the Third 
Preparatory Committee at the following web-site: 

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