Gender perspectives on small arms and light weapons: Regional and international concerns

Release date: 2002-06

BICC brief 24 “Gender Perspectives on Small Arms and Light Weapons: Regional and International Concerns” is based on a workshop in Jinja, Uganda, from 14 to 17 April 2002. The publication addresses problems related to the easy availability of small arms from a gender-specific angle.
The workshop brought together more than 30 participants with various backgrounds and professional responsibilities. These included: field practitioners; government officials; security sector officials; church and NGO representatives; researchers; and health practitioners.
Several of the texts in this publication were first presented during the Jinja workshop in the sections on “Gender Perspectives on Small Arms,” and focus on questions raised in the Horn of Africa. The particular danger to women and girls of the proliferation and abuse of small arms is, however, a global problem. Moreover, females experience gender-based violence at the point of a gun in times of peace as well as in times of war. To reflect this complex reality, the ambit of this publication has been widened in order to give a comprehensive overview of how local gender ideologies not only determine attitudes to small arms, but underpin social and political practices which make women more vulnerable to violence everywhere.