The gendered effects of explosive weapons examined: an AOAV-Chatham House review

This is a summary report from a joint AOAV-Chatham House round-table examining gender and explosive weapons that took place on 26th November 2019.

‘Military Age Males’ in US Drone Strikes

“It’s not about me. It’s about every civilian who has been killed in Waziristan.” These are the words of Faheem Qureshi, speaking to The Guardian in 2016. Faheem was one of the first casualties in President Obama’s drone campaign when, seven years before, on 23 January, 2009, his family home in North Waziristan was hit […]

The gendered effects on employment of explosive weapons. Iraq – a case study

The use of explosive weapons in Iraq has had far-reaching and devastating consequences. In March 2017, the US conducted a series of airstrikes across Mosul, killing and injuring hundreds of civilians. Nine members of one family were killed in the attacks, including children. Survivors watched Iraqi civil defence workers pull bodies from the rubble of […]

Gender and mental health in the Syrian conflict

By January 2013, less than two years into the Syrian conflict, there were only three public mental health facilities in Syria remaining. Between late December 2012 and early January 2013, one of these facilities, the Ibn Khaldun Psychiatric Hospital, suffered severe shelling and bombardment. The intensity of this attack forced doctors to flee the hospital, […]

Examining the gendered impacts of explosive weapons: a literature overview

Explosive weapons cause immense suffering across populations, from the immediate impact on the victim’s body, to lasting psychological damage, to the destruction of homes and communities. Conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq have seen explosive weapons cause severe damage to their civilian populations. And such violence has distinctly gendered implications. This violence, though, is often […]

Examining the gendered impacts of explosive weapons: an overview of existing datasets

Explosive weapons cause immense suffering across populations, from the immediate impact on the victim’s body, to lasting psychological damage, to the destruction of homes and communities. Recent conflicts in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and beyond have seen explosive weapons cause severe damage to their civilian populations. Yet while explosive weapons are – in themselves – indiscriminate, […]

Summit on sexual violence must remember male victims

AOAV is this week participating in The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London from 10-13 June 2014. The summit is the largest gathering ever brought together on the subject. The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, while being an incredibly important opportunity for the international community to take […]

Support women working in mine action on International Mine Awareness Day

On April 4, International Mine Awareness Day, AOAV calls individuals to support victims and survivors of antipersonnel mines, encourage states to ratify the Mine Ban Treaty, and complete the clearance of millions of landmines currently lying dormant in post-conflict communities. The UN General Assembly, in December 2005, declared that the 4th of April of every […]

Air strikes more likely to impact on females and children: Lessons from Iraq

New analysis of data collected on armed violence in Iraq between 2003- 2011 shows that explosive weapons are particularly likely to kill or injure females and children. The data was collected by Iraq Body Count from 20 March 2003 to 31 December 2011. This paper explores the impact of different weapons on females of all […]