Constructive Destructions – Or, that time I philosophized over a manhole cover

By Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Junior Project Officer Sparks are flying. A distinct smell fills the air. Twisted metal, slowly metamorphosing into liquid. Wheelbarrows of marked guns, the ID tags on them shivering slightly as the wheelbarrow ...

The Use of Firearms in Serbia in the First Ten Months of 2014

by Srdjan Hercigonja, SEESAC Intern   Through the Targeting Weapons project, UNDP’s SEESAC initiative has been monitoring the use of firearms in the Republic of Serbia. The interactive online platform Oruzje na meti collects information ...

Gender-Based Violence Awareness Raising Starts at Home

by Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Junior Communications and Research Consultant 25 November is the International End Violence Against Women Day. This day also markes the start of an annual 16-day campaign of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, ...

Remember to Remember the Women

by Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Junior Communications and Research Consultant   The armistice between the Allies of World War I and Germany took effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. We commemorate this armistice ...

International Gun Destruction Day: Reflections from the Western Balkans

by Dr. Ivan Zverzhanovski, SEESAC Coordinator   In the Balkans, small arms are widely available.   Celebratory fire is a common occurrence, from weddings to New Years celebrations. Growing up in my neighbourhood in Belgrade, small arms were ...

War Wounds - #TimeToAct

by Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Researcher   We attended a Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict last week. To be honest, I’m struggling a bit with summarizing my thoughts and impressions into a coherent text. What are the fitting words ...

SEESAC participates in Viking 14!

Photo credit: Richard Kjaergaard, Swedish Armed Forces   by Emilia Dungel, SEESAC Researcher and Slobodan Boskovic, Project Officer/Advisor   Viking 14 is a joint training exercise for civilians, military, and police deploying to a peace ...

Making Armed Forces Gender Sensitive

by Dr. Ivan Zverzhanovski, SEESAC Coordinator   November was a busy month for the SEESAC Team. The tempo of our work on advancing gender equality in the defence systems of four countries in South East Europe has increased. We implemented parallel ...

Why do we need a Disaster Loss Database? An answer comes from Serbia

by Slobodan Boskovic, Project Officer/Advisor     “We cannot eliminate disasters, but we can mitigate risk. We can reduce damage and we can save more lives”                                                                         ...

What about the Bullets?

by Aleksandrina Mavrodieva, SEESAC intern   According to SEESAC’s 2005 report Biting the Bullet, there are around 600 million small arms and light weapons (SALW) worldwide. At the same time, SIPRI has estimated that between 2005 and 2011, ...