Soshanguve shooting highlights armed violence against women, says Gun Free South Africa

On 15 November a man shot and killed his former girlfriend and a bystander before turning the gun on himself in a school in Soshanguve, South Africa. Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) said the incident highlights the need for better law enforcement to ensure that schools are kept gun free, but also illustrates how, “Women are more vulnerable to lethal gender-based violence if a gun is present”. According to GFSA, studies have shown that almost half of the women murdered in South Africa are killed by intimate partners, more than a quarter of these with a gun. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is taking place from 25 November till 10 December, during which IANSA women will focus on ending gun violence against women in their countries and communities. More