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

The 20th annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence Campaign is running from 25 November until 10 December.

The 1 December was World Aids Day. IANSA women have made the connection between small arms and HIV/AIDS, and how sexual violence at gunpoint, all too common in conflict and post-conflict settings, contributes to increased rates of HIV transmission. More

On 2 December, the Control Arms Foundation of India met with women parliamentarians, urging them to support the ATT negotiation process in a briefing session in New Delhi.

On 15 November a man shot and killed his former girlfriend and a bystander before turning the gun on himself in a school in Soshanguve, South Africa.

The sources and life-cycles of guns used to kill 511 police officers in the United States since 2000 are traced in a new study by The Washington Post.

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.