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Vienna launch and video overview of Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns

The 2014 edition of the Small Arms Survey’s flagship publication—which explores the varied roles of women in the context of armed violence, security, and the small arms agenda—had its regional launch on Monday 6 October at the United Nations in Vienna.

A short video, featuring interviews with contributors and authors of the thematic chapters, was released to coincide with the Vienna event.

Small Arms Survey 2014: Women and Guns includes an investigation into violence against women and girls, with a focus on post-conflict Liberia and Nepal, finding that attitudes that condone this form of violence often pre-date conflicts. These attitudes are reinforced during wars and often persist long after hostilities end. In Liberia, for example, women are twice as likely as men to assert that a husband is sometimes justified in beating his wife. This suggests that many women have been socialized to accept domestic violence.

‘Gender equality would be a prerequisite for the reduction of violence against women,’ said Research Director Anna Alvazzi del Frate.

Another chapter discusses the recent convergence of the small arms agenda with that of women, peace, and security. It discusses the implications and implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which urges increased participation of women, and a greater focus on gender perspectives, in all UN peace and security efforts, and the ramifications for the small arms agenda.

An illustrated section combines artwork with accounts of women’s personal experiences as soldiers, rebels, and security personnel.

Other chapters assess the potential impact of the Arms Trade Treaty, present the 2014 Transparency Barometer and an update on the authorized small arms trade, and analyse the catastrophic 2012 explosions at a Brazzaville munitions depot.  

The book also provides analyses of: ammunition circulating in Africa and the Middle East; the sources of insurgent weapons in Sudan and South Sudan; and records of firearms seized by police investigating serious crimes in the United States.

Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, endorsed the volume, saying, ‘The Small Arms Survey 2014 offers important insights into how and why armed violence continues to plague the lives of many women and girls around the world—along with some of the options we have for building a safer future.’



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