GUN VIOLENCE

Here is a listing of recent work by NOW Foundation and NOW, Inc. on gun violence against women.  

Shadow Report to U.N. Human Rights Council, focusing on gun violence against women and including recommendations.  http://nowfoundation.org/issues/violence/UNShadowReportGunViolence.pdf
 NOW Foundation 2010 Annual Report summarizing our work on violence against women, calling attention to gun violence and summarizing our advocacy with the U.N. Special Rapporteur.  http://www.nowfoundation.org/annual/NOWFoundation2010AnnualReport.pdf
 Report of the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, following her two year mission to the U.S.  http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/17session/A.HRC.17.26.Add.5_AEV.pdf
 Recommendation to the U.S. in the Special Rapporteur’s final report:
Section IV (a)
(g) Enhance gun control measures, by ensuring an adequate background check system to capture all relevant elements that determine an individual’s suitability for gun ownership. Background checks for licensed individuals should be revisited periodically to determine continued suitability. States should have clear gun removal policies when intervening in domestic violence cases, including the possibility of removal of guns after the first notification of domestic disputes. Gun dealers should be penalized for illegally selling guns and also for failure to report stolen guns which are subsequently used to commit crimes.

NOW Supports President Obama’s
Goal of Reducing Gun Violence in U.S.
Statement of NOW President Terry O’Neill

January 16, 2013

The National Organization for Women applauds President Obama and Vice President Biden for taking swift action after last month’s devastating shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We strongly support the administration’s admirable goal of reducing gun violence in the United States.

This issue is particularly relevant to women. More than three women are killed every day by an intimate partner, and access to firearms greatly increases that risk. African American women are at even greater risk, as they are three times more likely than white women to be killed by a partner or family member.

All of the available findings on the correlation between violence against women and the ready availability of firearms in the U.S. point to the fact that guns are used to take women’s lives, not to save them. Based on this research, the NOW Foundation submitted a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2010 arguing for stricter regulation of gun ownership.

NOW is pleased to see the leaders of this country taking on this important issue in the face of a well-funded opposition. We stand behind their effort and look forward to positive results.

Read NOW Foundation’s report:
http://nowfoundation.org/issues/violence/UNShadowReportGunViolence.pdf