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