Breaking The Link Between Guns & Masculinity

On 3 March 2008, Widad took part in a panel titled The Impact of Guns on Women’s Lives, organised by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. Other speakers included Dr. Wendy Cukier from Ryerson University and Mr. Daniel Prins, UNODA Conventional Arms Branch Chief.

“Male-dominated societies frequently justify small arms possession by claiming that they are necessary to protect defenseless women. But what we see instead is that these very women become victims of gun violence…
Rape as form of ethnic cleansing, as well as a war strategy has been going on for a long time… It is important to note that the trauma of rape does not end when conflict does.”

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