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 6 May, Portugal ratified the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts and Components and Ammunition, also known as the 'Firearms Protocol'.

IANSA is now preparing for the UN Programme of Action Open Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE), which will take place on 9-13 May 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The UN Programme of Action Open Ended Meeting of Governmental Experts (MGE) will take place 9-13 May 2011 at the UN Headquarters in New York.

About 10,000 people were evacuated, several were injured and one person was killed by explosions when a firearms depot caught fire in Maracay, Venezuela on 30 January.

The UN General Assembly has taken action on the resolutions passed during this year’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security.

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

On April 26-27, representatives of civil society and the Control Arms coalition met with 15 member states from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria. Discussions focused on strengthening the ECOWAS common position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) ahead of the final ATT negotiations in July.

Les associations et organisations belges francophones membres du RAIAL (Réseau d’Action international sur les Armes Légères) ont adressé aujourd’hui aux membres du Comité ministériel wallon restreint, aux parlementaires wallons et aux présidents de partis

Thanks to Kerian N. Pelenah of Liberians United to Expose Hidden Weapons for sharing this statement on the conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor.

On 23 April, members of the Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) met with government agencies for a consultation on the Philippines’ position on the ATT.

A recent article by Orlidy Inoa of the Caribbean Institute for the Rule of Law (ICED), Dominican Republic, on the ATT has been published in the online publication Acento. Read it here.

Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

Bethesaida, IANSA member in Rwanda, led a training workshop to discuss the means to reduce the misuse of SALW and organised debates with women in the area of Kigali. They are also working with pupils from the schools of the district to think about SALW and issues related to gun violence.

CAMYOSFOP, IANSA member in Cameroon, held a discussion with Members of Parliament on the Diplomatic Conference on the ATT and the need for Cameroon to ratify the Kinshasa Convention on small arms and light weapons. The Leader of the SDF Parliamentary Group, Hon Joseph Banandzen, informed them that the bill for to ratify the Kinshasa Convention will be received for scrutiny. CAMYOSFOP will also be meeting with the officials of the Ministry of External Relations on the role of Cameroon in the upcoming Diplomatic Conference on the ATT.

Women in Alternative Action - WAA Cameroon were the main guests on the National Radio CRTV broad audience interactive programme Morning Safari. The interactive, call-in programme was geared towards bringing attention to the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Diplomatic Conference in July 2012, the UNPoA Review Conference as well as on the need for the Cameroon Government to ratify the Kinshasa Convention and to harmonise the draft firearms law proposed by WAA Cameroon to Ministries and Parliament.

In Burundi, the Eastern African Sub-Regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) is conducting a  training on gender and small arms for representatives of the DRC, Central African Republic and Burundi, all Regional Centre on Small Arms (RECSA) Member States. The expert trainers were trained by IANSA Women at EASSI and come from the Burundi National Focal point on SALW. The objective of the training is to sensitise participants about the gender dimensions of small arms and light weapons.

IANSA member AVREO in the DR-Congo broadcast a message annoucing the Week of Action Against Gun Violence 2012 on Radio Umoja in Fizi Territory. Clashes between the FARDC and Mai Mai have prevented them from transmitting further broadcasts on the Tuugane radio station.

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