Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

The Week of Action highlights the international campaign to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. This year the Week of Action took place from the 11-17 June 2012. 

We would like to congratulate everyone involved in another successful Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. Events were organised all over the world with incredible levels of participation, impact and media coverage, illustrating again the diversity and strength of the global movement. Thank you all for sharing inspirational information, photos and media coverage from your events.  Reports are still coming in and we are working very hard to get them all up on our website. 

Participation during the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (WoA) 2010 grew to 267 IANSA members in 102 countries confirming that the Week of Action is now synonymous with CSO solidarity on the issue.

2011 saw a wide variety of successful activities in over 80 countries, including many focusing on the UN Programme of Action on small arms, the Arms Trade Treaty and the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign. From murals in Latin America to lawyers' gatherings in Central Asia to football matches in Africa, the diversity of the movement was clearly visible with one unifying message - ‘make us safer from gun violence’.



In Serbia, Women in Black (WIB) held two panel debates in the Dah Theatre in Belgrade on activism, peacebuilding and theater.

On 17 June the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kosovo hosted a seminar on celebratory gunfire and gun violence, in Pristina, Kosovo.

In DR Congo, Asvoco joined a march organised by MONUSCO for the Day of the African Child as part of their Week of Action activities.

Good Generation of Burundi, an IANSA member in Burundi, launched an awareness-raising campaign on the Kinshasa Convention by handing a brief calling for the ratification of the Convention to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), leading members of the IANSA Public Health Network, are using the Week of Action to highlight the public health aspects of small arms:

Bethesaida, in partnership with Baho Mission and Action to Protect Children and Their Environment held a day of campaigning against armed violence in the district of Musanze in the Northern Province of Rwanda.

In DR Congo, UCOPASUKI featured in an interview on Radio Okapi to talk about the importance of the Kinshasa Convention and national gun laws.

Transitions Foundation in Guatemala is using the Week of Action to promote their work for people who are disabled as a result of gun violence.

In Ecuador, IANSA member SERPAJ is organising a 4-day workshop on gun violence prevention at a school in San Lorenzo.

On 15 June, Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution that recognises the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence, and designates 18 June as Gun Violence Prevention Day in the city.

Over 80 journalists, government officials, academics, NGO representatives and members of the public attended a conference and book launch in Kathmandu organised by the Institute of Human rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON).

Middle East Non Violence and Democracy, an IANSA member in Palestine, aired a short film on the dangers of guns on Al Quds TV, a channel with approximately 200,000 regular viewers, Youtube, Ustream and on several Facebook sites.

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.

As part of the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) have issued a statement in support of the Week of Action.

In Spain, Plataforma per la Pau Lloret has issued press releases in Catalan expressing their support for the UN Programme of Action (UN PoA) on small arms.

Control Arms Foundation of India (CAFI) report that their second event for the Week of Action 2011, a panel discussion on gun violence in India and the ATT, was a great success.

As part of the Week, the Association of Women Nurses to Help Women and Children Who Are Rape Survivors or Living With HIV/AIDS (AFIA-FEV), participated in a preparatory meeting of the Day of the African Child in Bukavu, DR Congo.

In Sudan, Upper Hand Organisation marked the Week of Action with a concert in the region of Umbadda, west of Khartoum.

The Senegalese Action Network on Small Arms (RESAAL) is holding a variety of activities along the route of a famous pilgrimage in Popenguine, Senegal.

WAANSA-Burkina participated in a radio show on OUAGA FM, during which listeners learned about recent research on illicit guns by the National Commission, and were invited to phone in and ask questions about small arms in Burkina Faso.

Joseph Smith of the Campaign for Peace and Non-Violence, Sierra Leone,  featured in a programme on West Africa Democracy Radio in Sierra Leone.

IANSA members in Cote d’Ivoire demanded that the Ivorian government ratify the ECOWAS Convention on small arms during a conference in Abidjan as part of the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence.

“There were zero homicides in Medellin on 15 June, during the Disarmament Week” Juan Felipe Palau, the Government Secretary of Medellin, Colombia, said on Twitter.

In Iraq, students, teachers, civil society organisations and decision makers were brought together in a conference in Karbala, organised by the Iraqi Organisation for Rehabilitating Society and Environment.

For the first time, Week of Action activities are taking place in Palestine.

In Burundi, voices of survivors have been the center of focus in several activities organised by IANSA members.

In Medellin, Colombia, women gathered in the Parque de Berrio square this morning for a vigil to show their support for civilian disarmament.

During the Week of Action, researchers from the Caribbean Institute for the Rule of Law (ICED) are interviewing victims of gender violence to get firsthand information about the role and impact of firearms in cases of gender violence in Dominican Republic.

In France, Association Action Sécurité Etique Républicaines (ASER) has issued a press release calling the French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defense, and parliamentarians who are members of the relevant working groups to promote a strong ATT.

In Amman, Jordan, the Women's Studies Centre at Jordan University organised a symposium on the impact of small arms on women in the home.