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

On 17 November, Women Engaged in Action on 1325 (WE Act 1325), an action network dedicated to promote awareness and implementation of UN SCR 1325 was launched in the Philippines.

A briefing paper on the development of a ‘Typology of Wartime Rape' has been issued by the Bonn International Center for Conversion (BICC).

“Right to Mourn”, a documentary about of women survivors of urban gun violence in Rio de Janeiro, has won the award for Best Documentary at the International Film Festival of Bolívia.

A review of the book ‘Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons’, written by IANSA woman Sarah Masters, has been published in the latest edition of the journal Gender and Development.

A report bringing together two years of research and analysis on armed violence in Timor-Leste has been released by the Timor-Leste Armed Violence Assessment project.

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.