Women in Bern, the capital of Switzerland, raised awareness about the dangers of guns in the home through a street performance during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence on 10 December 2009.
The performance involved women from cfd - The Feminist Peace Organisation
cfd is active in international cooperation, migration politics and which works for peace. cfd works for equal rights and equality so that everyone can use resources and public space and also take part in society and politics. Also, the connections between violence in war and violence in daily life are analysed from a feminist perspective. For more information, see: http://www.cfd-ch.org
Army-issue Guns at the Heart of Family Violence in Switzerland
According to the University of Lausanne in a study published in January 2010, 76% of the homicide-suicide cases in Switzerland involve firearms, very often a gun kept at home by Swiss army reservists. The study found that Swiss army military guns are often used in family violence, particularly in murder-suicide cases where a male shooter kills a female partner.