Lebanon: First event to discuss gun violence against women

The Lebanese Council to Resist Violence Against Woman (LECORVAW) organised a round table discussion about “The impact of small arms on women and girls in domestic violence” in Tripoli, Northern Lebanon. Participants included lawyers, university professors, forensic doctors and
social activists. It was the first discussion of its kind in Lebanon, where guns are a highly politicised and sensitive topic, and their link with domestic violence has never been made. Remarks were made by Lawyers from WILpower (a women’s network for lawyers) on the need for background checks on anyone that wants to buy a gun, and Bilal Sablouh, a forensic doctor shared his experience of the physical and psychological effect of guns and gun violence on women. Participants agreed to work to reform national laws to effectively protect women against gun violence and fully involve women in peacebuilding activities.