Women’s Network

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


Applying a gender perspective to the small arms issue means understanding the different ways that men, women, boys and girls engage in, are affected by, and respond to gun violence. It is key to developing effective solutions to the problem.

The IANSA Women’s Network consists 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 perspectives and experiences are taken fully into account in policies and programmes on guns and gun violence reduction;
  • Reduce military spending;
  • Break the link between violence and masculinity;
  • Prevent gun violence around the world.

Together we produce information materials, advocate for new policies, and engage with civil society, governments and international organisations.

Watch the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence Campaign 2021 Video:

There were 1.4 million firearms-related deaths globally between 2012 and 2016.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 2020 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) campaign called for a ceasefire and ran from November 25th – December 10, 2020.

Disarm Domestic Violence

Disarm Domestic Violence

The IANSA Women’s Network disarm domestic violence campaign is the first international campaign that addresses one of the most serious aspects of small arms proliferation the deaths and injuries caused by guns in the home

Call to Action on Gender and Small Arms Control

Call to Action on Gender and Small Arms Control

This Call to Action sets the priorities for working towards enhancing gender mainstreaming and ensuring the full and effective participation of women in arms control and peace and security initiatives.


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