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Film on Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network screened at United Nation

Updated on: Wednesday, April 04, 2012
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Date: 20th March 2012  |  Venue: Conference Hall, Baha'i International Community, United Nations Office, New York

20 March 2012: Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and IANSA Women's Network had jointly organized the event \"Film Screening and Panel Discussion- Film: The Story of Manipur Women Gun Survivors , Panel Discussion: Gender and United Nations Arms Trade Treaty\" at Conference Hall, Baha'i International Community, United Nations Office, New York.

Eminent speakers of the panel discussion of the event included Mr Hector, Coordinator of IANSA Survivors Network, Mexico, Ms Binalakshmi Nepram, Founder, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, Ms Jasmin Galace, Centre for Peace Education, Philippines, Bahai. The event was chaired by Ms  Ema Tagicakibau, Former Member of Parliament, Fiji.          

The panel discussion was participated by delegates from various nations which included United Kingdom, Thailand, United States of America, Italy, Turkey, Australia, German, France, India, Philippines etc.

The discussion was done to highlight the impact of unregulated armed violence to women. Unregulated Arms Trade has put Women in Firing Line. There are an estimated 875 million small arms under circulation in the world today, one for nearly every 12 people on the planet. The United Nations estimate that 300,000 people are killed each year due to small arms. India alone, 12 people die from armed violence every day. A thousand people die every day because of armed violence, and many more are seriously injured. And it was found in various surveys that of the 90 percent of the people killed in armed conflict by small arms, a staggering 80 percent are women and children. The arms industry is unlike any other. It operates without regulation. There is more regulation in music and film industry than in arms.

Women are increasingly paying a heavy price for unregulated multi-bullion dollar trade in small arms. Large numbers of women suffer directly or indirectly from armed violence. Women are particularly at risk of certain crimes because of their gender. An attack with a gun is 12 times more likely to end in death than an attack with any other weapon . When violence against women involves the use of weapons specifically designed to cause injury and death and which can fire bullets at high speed from a distance, the risk to women's lives increases dramatically. Guns affect women's lives when they are not directly in firing line. Women become the main breadwinners and primary careers when male relatives are killed, injured or disabled by gun violence. Women are displaced and forced to flee their homes for an uncertain future. They face starvation and disease as they struggle to fend for their families.

The panel discussed regarding the various aspects of the proposed treaty with respect to looking especially to gender issues to find a most tangible solution which can help government of India and other governments of Southern Asia take a more proactive role in making the Arms Trade Treaty happen by 2012. A film on Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN) was also screened which was well received.

For more information, please contact:
Binalakshmi Nepram
 Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network & Control Arms Foundation of India
B 5/146, First Floor, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi 110029.
 Email: Binalakshmi@gmail.com  Website: www.cafi-online.org 
Mobile: +91-9868233373 Phone: +91-11-46018541 Fax: +91-11-26166234.

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