Breaking the cycle of gang violence: A Toronto program aimed at intervening with youth involved in gang activity is showing results

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 33 Issue 3 In 2011 Toronto, Canada’s largest city (population c. 2.7 million), recorded its lowest murder count in 30 years—33. Then, this summer the city was rocked by brazen shootings that turned the Eaton Centre mall and a street block party into shooting galleries, leaving four dead and 28 injured. Gangs figure …

A glaring omission: Landmark UN Resolution 1325 on women and peace makes no reference to small arms and light weapons

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2012 Volume 33 Issue 1 United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, unanimously adopted in 2000, was a turning point in how the international community addresses the security and rights of women during conflict, in the time leading up to conflict, and in post-conflict situations. Its underlying premise is that women build peace. …

War in Paradise: Civil society groups battle Caribbean gun violence

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2011 Volume 32 Issue 2 The Caribbean is known for its pristine beaches. Yet amid this beauty are communities of violence where citizens are caught in a virtual state of war. The region’s homicide rate of 18.1 per 100,000 inhabitants is more than double the world average of 7.6 (UNODC 2004). And more …

Gender and the UN Programme of Action: Including All Voices

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2010 Volume 31 Issue 3 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) provides a framework for controlling the illicit use and proliferation of small arms and light weapons (SALW) at the national, regional, and global levels. …

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2010 Volume 31 Issue 2 The 2010 “Global Week of Action against Gun Violence” from May 10-16 “saw a record number of events, participation, impact and media coverage in over 90 countries” (IANSA 2010). On May 14-15 in Calgary, Project Ploughshares and Ploughshares Calgary co-hosted the showing of documentary film Devil’s Bargain: A Journey …

Evolving Approaches to Armed Violence Reduction in the Caribbean

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2010 Volume 31 Issue 1 Armed violence is the intentional use of physical force, threatened or actual, with arms, against oneself, another person, group, community or State that results in loss, injury, death and/or psychosocial harm to an individual or individuals and that can undermine a community’s, country’s or region’s security and development achievements …

Small Arms and Domestic Violence: The Situation in Canada

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Authors Maribel Gonzales and Elizabeth Mandelman The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2009 Volume 30 Issue 3 Elizabeth Mandelman was an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow, partnered with IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms) and Project Ploughshares in the summer of 2009. In June 2009 Canadian groups, including Project Ploughshares, joined those in 85 other countries in marking the Global Week of Action …

Reducing Armed Violence in the Caribbean: Challenges to Civil Society

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2009 Volume 30 Issue 2 With an annual murder rate of 30 per 100,000 inhabitants, the Caribbean in the past decade has experienced sharply rising levels of violence, marked by a fairly high and steadily increasing incidence of gun use (UNODC & World Bank 2007). The levels of violence vary widely among and within …

Meet Our Caribbean Partner: The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development

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Author Maribel Gonzales The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2009 Volume 30 Issue 1 Annual murder rates in the Caribbean—at 30 per 100,000 inhabitants—are higher than in any other region of the world. The Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD) in Trinidad and Tobago, a longtime partner of Project Ploughshares, has been a vigorous campaigner against gun violence in the Caribbean. WINAD’s …