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

IANSA Women have an active presence at the UN Commission for the Status of Women, taking place at the UN in New York from the 22 February-4 March.

IANSA had an active presence at this year’s World Social Forum, held in Dakar, Senegal from 6 to 11 February.

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) has initiated an open letter appealing to the UN and Security Council members urging them to never lose sight of the mandate of UN Security Council Resolution 1325.

IANSA is delighted that the women only Training Institute model is inspiring similar women-focused initiatives. In December 2010, the UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-LiREC) brought together 40 women for a course on combating illicit firearms trafficking. For more information about women only trainings contact women@iansa.org

IANSA women have contributed to the latest edition of P@x which focuses on ‘Violence and Small Arms: The Portuguese Case’ published by the Peace Studies Group (NEP/CES) at the University of Coimbra, Portugal. More

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.