Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Prolific Small Arms

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-ISP
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 1, 2010
    TITLE:
    Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Prolific Small Arms
    AUTHORS:
    by Vanessa Farr, Henri Myrttinen and Albrecht Schnabel
    PUB DATE:
    2010•01•27
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 10:
    978-92-808-3077-4
    COPYRIGHT:
    Licensed under the Creative Commons Deed “Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs 2.5”

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    The diverse impact of small arms and light weapons (SALW) on women, men, girls and boys has rarely been considered in the formulation of small-arms policy, small-arms collection or control, or even in small-arms research. Understanding of how prolific SALW reinforce and maintain gender- and age-specific violence before, during and after conflict has to improve considerably.

    This policy brief examines the connection between guns and gender and discusses methodological challenges and priorities in gendered small-arms research, policy and advocacy. Stereotypes have to give way to an understanding of the multiple roles of both small-arms users and victims, as gender is only one among many social categories defining individuals’ approaches to and experience of small-arms violence. Fortunately, new and encouraging policy initiatives have emerged, although significant gains are yet to be made towards achieving inclusive policy implementation and improving weapons collection programmes; disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR); and security sector reform (SSR) activities.