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15 May 2013

Is it really good fun to pretend to kill a woman? Apparently, it is for Zombie Industries, an American company making life-sized mannequin targets and which has just released its new model of target: ‘The Ex’, recently renamed ‘Alexa’. The concept? Very simple: the mannequin embodies a potential ex-girlfriend, you can shoot it and it bleeds, like a real person. As if you were killing a real woman! All this for $99.

Gun violence against women is a serious problem, everywhere in the world. But ‘The Ex’ shooting target turns violence against women into a joke (no need to say one of very bad taste), it promotes domestic violence and the idea that men should want to kill their ex-wives or ex-girlfriends. It’s a way of telling men that it’s funny or okay to practice murdering a woman.

But it is NOT okay. Gun violence impacts women and men in very different ways: women are much more vulnerable to violence within the home than men, and the presence of a gun in the house makes women considerably less safe. This zombie female target might only be meant as a fun game, but it’s not okay to play a game that encourages men to shoot and kill women.

Photo of the Ex zombie target after being shot
Picture from the Zombie Industries website

On its website, the company – that was featured at the last National Rifle Association (NRA) convention at the beginning of May – asserts that having a target representing a woman amongst their product selection is a way not to discriminate against women. However, normalizing armed violence against women with a human-sized female mannequin will certainly not help solve domestic violence.

Although the company stated that “the female zombie target that we made is not intended to be a real woman; it is supposed to be a representation of a zombie”, it has the shape of a real woman, and according to the appalling comments that the website got from buyers, the message has certainly been interpreted that way: “This Zombie Bitch is awesome, reminds me of a girl I knew in High School”.

According to the Huffington Post, the company will discontinue this female target and redesign it to have green skin in order to further differentiate it from a real woman (but will changing the color of the skin really make a difference? We’re not so sure…). Yet, so far, the female mannequin available on their website remains to look like a real woman, unbelievable.

Gender-based violence should be taken seriously; such bad taste ‘jokes’ are obstacles to what WILPF and others are trying to do to put an end to gun violence. That is why WILPF thinks it is important to speak out against this type of appalling misogynist ‘jokes’ that normalize and encourage armed violence against women; raising awareness is a way to combat these stereotypes.

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Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

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In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

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