Small Arms Survey Podcast #53: Women in arms trafficking

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 July, 2022

The roles of women in arms offences have been looked at from many perspectives, including violent extremism prevention, women offenders, political activism, or transnational crime in relation to drug trafficking and human trafficking. However, the roles of women in arms trafficking have rarely been considered through a small arms lens. Our report Missing or Unseen?

Towards More Tenacious Teamwork: On the Collaboration Between the WPS and Small Arms Control Communities

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2022

The Security Council has stated that: 'the illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation, and misuse of small arms and light weapons fuel armed conflicts and have a wide range of […] consequences […], including the disproportionate impact on violence against women and girls and exacerbating sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.'

Extracting Evidence: Opportunities and Obstacles in Assessing the Gendered Impacts of Diverted Ammunition

Submitted by Olivia Denonville on 27 May, 2022

Ammunition diverted from legal to illicit markets is a central concern in small arms control, but its impact is understudied. A new Briefing Paper from the Small Arms Survey and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs explores how authorities can go about better monitoring the role it plays in violent crime.  

At Whose Risk? Understanding States Parties’ Implementation of Arms Trade Treaty Gender-based Violence Provisions

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 31 March, 2022

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is the first legally binding agreement linking international conventional arms transfers to gender-based violence (GBV), but there has been limited practical application of these specific provisions to date.

Small Arms Survey Podcast #52: Private Security Companies and Weapons & Ammunition Management

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 7 February, 2022

Weapons and ammunition management is a key consideration for any security provider handling arms. The International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers lays out obligations for member and affiliate companies in terms of management of weapons, weapons training, and the management of material of war (articles 56 to 62).

Taking Stock of Action on the Illicit Small Arms Trade: Gender-Responsive Small Arms Control

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'The increasing recognition to the role of gender perspectives in arms control; has produced implicit and explicit requirements to incorporate gender into arms control architecture, instruments, policies, and programmes. Much work has been done—especially since the official dawn of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda in 2000—yet much remains when it comes to translating principles to action.

Gendered Firearms Regulations: Assessing the Risk of Gender-Based Violence during Firearm Licence Applications

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'When women are killed it tends to happen in the domestic sphere, and the perpetrator is often a current or former partner (Alvazzi del Frate, 2011, p. 114; Shaw, 2013, p. 18). Depending on the circumstances, such violence can be categorized as femicide, which is a form of gender-based violence (GBV).

Women and Armed Struggle: Stories from Libya

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 15 September, 2021

'Following the fall of Qaddafi, instability continues to persist in Libya. Numerous analyses have been published on the ever-changing dynamics on the ground (a few from the Small Arms Survey include papers on armed groups in Tripoli; struggles at Libya’s borders; and how neighbouring countries have manoeuvred the ongoing crisis), but few exist on the role that women played, and continue to play...'

Small Arms Survey Podcast #4: Global Burden of Armed Violence: When the victim is a woman

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 3 June, 2021

The 57th  session of the Commission on the Status of Women, from 4 to 15 March this year at the UN headquarters in New York, focuses on the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

The Small Arms Survey, as part of its work on armed violence in support of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development, in particular the far-reaching Global Burden of Armed Violence, makes an important contribution to ongoing debates on this issue, examining the widespread but often neglected problem of femicide.

Small Arms Survey Podcast #34: Women and Armed Violence: Peace and Gender Equality

Submitted by Lionel Kosirnik on 2 June, 2021

On 1 June the Public Panel Discussion “Women and Armed Violence: Peace and Gender Equality” was hosted at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva. Part of the Terre des Femmes Switzerland annual speaker series, Voix des Femmes, the event was also organized by the Small Arms Survey and the Graduate Institute’s Programme on Gender and Global Change (PGGC).