Violence against women
Violence Against Women violates fundamental human rights and constitutes a major security threat, both for women as individuals as well as for the community as whole. In May 2009 the Board of the Parliamentary Forum on Small Arms and Light Weapons adopted a Policy Statement on Violence Against Women. The Forum recognised that violence against women is a global problem and an international security threat, which might reach catastrophic proportions when used as a strategic weapon in warfare as a way to terrorize, humiliate and break down women and society as a whole. In this context small arms act as a multiplier of violence impacting on women, both directly and indirectly. The negative impact of SALW related violence on women is one of injury and violence ranging from psychosocial trauma, disrupted access to health services, displacement, loss of opportunities, sexual violence, physical injury, intimidation to abuse and death.