Women, gender and guns

Women are disproportionately affected by gun violence. Although men comprise around 90% of deaths by guns, they are almost 100% of the buyers, sellers and users.  Women are also victimised by sexual violence at gunpoint, through threats and other trauma, and through their role as caregivers and survivors. In this way, armed violence is a heavily gendered phenomenon.

The IANSA Women's Network is the only international network focused on the connections between gender, women’s rights, small arms and armed violence. The IANSA Women's Network is composed of individuals and groups working to:

- Stop gun violence against women in the home, on the streets or on the battlefield;

- Involve women fully in peacemaking, peacebuilding and disarmament;

- Ensure that women’s interests are served by policies on guns;

- Reduce military spending;

- Break the link between violence and masculinity

- Prevent gun violence around the world.

More on www.iansa-women.org

Últimas noticias

El 15 de junio el Ayuntamiento de Los Ángeles aprobó una resolución reconociendo la Semana Mundial de Acción contra la Violencia Armada y designando el 18 de Junio como el Día de Prevención de la Violencia Armada en la ciudad.

La Red de Mujeres de IANSA está pidiendo a mujeres de todo el mundo que firmen una carta abierta solicitando un Tratado sobre Comercio de Armas (TCA) fuerte.

La organización Sukhumi, miembro de IANSA, repartió volantes, afiches e información en centros de apoyo a la mujer en Kutaisi, Tskhaltubo, Khoni, Poti y Khurcha.

On 8 March ‘Guns, war and the domestic battlefield’, an article by IANSA woman Cynthia Cockburn on the increasing lethality of armed domestic and sexual violence, was published on the openDemocracy website to mark International Women’s Day.

The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) has released a report on the lessons identified and country-specific examples shared during the conference “Security for All: West Africa’s Good Practices on Gender in the Security Sector”,  held in Saly, Senegal in June 2010.

Latest resources

El primer boletín de 2012, “Género, Paz y Seguridad” del Instituto de Investigación de Paz de Oslo (PRIO) contiene una reseña del nuevo libro del investigador y Director encargado de PRIO, Inger Skjelsbæk, titulado “La Sicología Política de la Violación en la Guerra: estudios de Bosnia y Herzegovina”.

Nos alegra compartir con ustedes un recurso nuevo con relación al Comité Preparatorio del Programa de Acción sobre armas pequeñas y ligeras (PoA PrepCom) el 19-23 de marzo.