Campaigns

On this page you will find information and news about IANSA Campaigns. Scroll down for a calendar of upcoming events.

UN Small Arms Process

On 1 June, IANSA Woman Sarah Masters gave a presentation about the gender dimensions of SALW control and disarmament demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) at a conference about the UN Programme of Action on small arms (UN PoA) in Berlin, Germany.

On 21 May, the Southern Sudan Action Network on Small Arms and IKV Pax Christi held a joint workshop for members of the state legislative assembly in Upper Nile State, Southern Sudan.

The UN PoA Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) 2011 concluded on Friday 13 May.

On 12 May, IANSA co-sponsored a side event with the UN Permanent Mission of Luxembourg to the United Nations entitled ‘Survivors of Gun Violence: Strengthening the UN Programme of Action (PoA)’.

A new report by the Small Arms Survey examines national reporting on implementation of the Programme of Action

Disarm Domestic Violence

An International campaign for the Elimination of Violence against Women is under way.

In Israel, a newly proposed ‘Security Services Law’ threatens an existing, though un-enforced, clause of the Firearms Law that restricts security guards from taking their guns home. If the proposed law were implemented it would automatically allow security guards to take their guns home whilst off-duty.

Nearly 60% of women murdered in Argentina from 1997 to 2010 were killed with a gun, according to IANSA member Asociación para Políticas Públicas (APP).

On International Women's Day, the Coalition for Gun Control in Canada and a wide range of organisations promoting women's safety continue their fight for the national long gun registry.

IANSA Women all over the world are celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March, highlighting the campaign Disarm Domestic Violence, and calling for the inclusion of references to gender based violence in the Arms Trade Treaty.

The Arms Trade Treaty

The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Angela Kane, has called on governments to work with civil society during the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, 11-17 June 2012. In her endorsement of the WoA, Ms Kane highlighted the importance of small arms control in the global disarmament agenda.

Amnesty International and the Control Arms campaign call on IANSA members to sign an online appeal to governments that calls for a bullet proof Arms Trade Treaty.

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On 21-22 May 2012, IANSA together with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) organised a conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to prepare for the ATT Diplomatic Conference in July 2012.

More than $2.2bn worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 to countries operating under arms embargoes, according to the new report “The Devil is in the Detail”  by Oxfam International.

A total of 300,000 small arms have been smuggled into Uganda and other East African Community countries over the last 10 years, according to the East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA). In a recent press conference, they called on governments of the East African Community to support a strong ATT which is legally binding and includes criteria that can help prevent arms transfers where there is a substantial risk that they will be used to violate international human rights, humanitarian law or undermine development.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

Following active lobbying by the Fundacion Per la Pau, IANSA member in Spain, the Catalan Parliament has released a declaration where all the parliamentary groups expressed their support for a global ATT to regulate the arms trade.

Jocelynne Scut, IANSA Women’s Network supporter, wrote an article entitled 'Is the Problem Facebook? Guns, Sport and the Macho Mentality', on the current debate in Australia surrounding two Olympic swimmers who put images of themselves in a Californian gun shop up on facebook and twitter. The article references IANSA and our campaigns. It is available here.

The Kenya Action Network on Small Arms (KANSA) held a successful press conference at the Hilton Hotel Nairobi on the Global Week of Action and the ATT. The event was covered by journalists from almost twenty print and electronic media outlets in Kenya and was aired by Citizen Television. KANSA is also organising a community dialogue event in Huruma on Friday and prayer meetings on Sunday.

CJR/1325 (the Centre for Studies on Justice and Resolution 1325), IANSA member in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is holding a meeting with the Foreign Affairs Minister to advocate for the implementation and ratification of the Kinshasa Convention. The Centre has also launched a debate on how to link implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security with the fight against gun violence.

The Colonie des Pionniers de Développement (CPD), IANSA member in Burundi, is working with local media, including the African Public Radio and the National Public Radio of Burundi to raise citizens’ awareness of the issues of gun violence and the importance of the government’s support for a strong Arms Trade Treaty.

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