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

Latest news

On 23 May 2012, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) held an event at the Human Rights Council which focused on the UK Universal Periodic Review. The event 'Upholding Human Rights: The Link Between Security and Social Economic Rights' highlighted UK policies on defence, security, and the arms trade. Moderated byWILPF Secretary-General Madeleine Rees, panelists included Rebecca Johnson, of the Acronym Institute; Ceri Goddard, of the Fawcett Institute; and Rebecca Gerome of the IANSA Women’s Network.

From 7-10 May 2012 in Chad, IANSA's Africa Programme Officer with IANSA women from WAA Cameroon led a Central Africa Regional Women-Only Training Institute on women, armed violence and small arms control. The curriculum and materials were developed by the IANSA Women's Network and the Institute was organised by the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) with financial support from the 2nd EU Programme to Support Peace and Security Matters (PAPSII).

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

IANSA women at EASSI in Uganda are holding their third training on the gender dimension of small arms with funding from the European Union through the Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA). EASSI is a lead regional civil society organisation advocating gender mainstreaming in small arms control.

In Colombia, the Red Nacional de Mujeres, a member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders has launched ‘Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report (2011)’.

Latest resources

The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.

This policy brief was developed by the IANSA Women's Network for the UN PoA Preparatory Committee (PoA PrepCom), 19-23 March 2012.

Written by IANSA Woman Rebecca Gerome, this report presents the main findings of an assessment conducted in Lebanon, Jordan and Occupied Palestinian Territory from January to May 2011

This new publication from the IANSA Women's Network aims to show why it is important to include women in small arms control and disarmament initiatives

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign will take place from 25 November to 10 December 2011.

Firearms are behind rising murder rates in Central and South America, the Caribbean and Central and Southern Africa, according to the 2011 Global Study on Homicide by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

A new IANSA Women’s Network Bulletin is now available.

The National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women in the US has compiled several factsheets and reports on firearms as a “High Lethality Risk Factor” in domestic violence on their website.

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, of which IANSA is a member, has released its July Monthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council.

A summary report of the side event "Health, women and development and the Arms Trade Treaty", co-organised by the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

The World Health Organisation has released a new series of short courses on violence and injury prevention, including on intimate partner and sexual violence prevention.

This article was written by IANSA Women's Network coordinator Sarah Masters for the openDemocracy website and makes the case for an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) that protects women by linking to the existing binding international instruments covering gender-based violence.
 

This publication, written by IANSA woman Laura Lyddon, features 16 testimonies acquired by IANSA of women survivors of gun violence from a number of different countries.

An article by the IANSA Women’s Network was published in the MGE Monitor on Tuesday 10 May 2011 and calls upon states to integrate a gender perspective in their tracing efforts, and actively include women at all stages of the process including capacity building and cooperation initiatives.To read it go to: http://www.iansa-women.org/node/630

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, of which IANSA is a member, has releasedMonthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council for May 2011.

Focusing on the US, this article, written by David Hemenway and published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, summarises and compares scientific literature on the health risks and benefits of having a gun in the home for the gun owner and his/her family.

Issued by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, this collection of articles explores the reasons for women’s under-representation in peace processes, in terms of both participation in peace processes and gender content in agreements.

This article, written by IANSA woman Rebecca Gerome, was originally published on Atlantic.Community.org.

On 3 March, members of the Control Arms Campaign addressed the UN, as part of the second session of the Preparatory Committee on the Arms Trade Tready (ATT).

This short article by IANSA women participating in the Arms Trade Treaty Preparatory Committee (ATT PrepCom) was published in the ‘Arms Trade Treaty Monitor’, a joint initiative of Reaching Critical Will of WILPF, Global Action to Prevent War, Oxfam International, and IANSA.

The IANSA Women's Network is the only international network focused on the connections between gender, women’s rights, small arms and armed violence.

In the USA, black females murdered by men are most often killed with a gun, almost always by someone they know according to the new Violence Policy Center (VPC) report.

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the September 2010 Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.

The latest issue of the IANSA Women's Network Bulletin is now available in French, Portuguese and Spanish.

The latest newsletter from the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence is now available.

The latest bulletin of the IANSA Women’s Network is now available. This issue highlights a campaign for ‘Gun Free Kitchen Tables’ in Israel

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the August 2010 Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.

A new issue of ‘Cross the Lines’, a quarterly publication by the Women Peacemakers Program of the International Fellowship Of Reconciliation, is out.

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security has released the July 2010 Monthly Action Points (MAP) on Women, Peace and Security for the UN Security Council.