Work areas

The problem of small arms proliferation is multidimensional– that is why such a broad array of organisations around the world are so concerned about it. On this page you will find the latest news and resources on some of the hot topics for groups working against small arms and light weapons.

Latest news

Women, gender and guns

The latest edition of IANSA Women’s Network bulletin is now available. It has articles on the first Training Institute on women and SALW control, the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign in South Africa and UN Resolutions 1325 and 1820.

International trade controls

Albania has produced its first national report on export and import of arms and military equipment, for 2007 and 2008.

Border controls

Sixteen teenagers and young adults were shot dead at a high school student party in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico), just across the border from the US. Armed men broke into the party and fired indiscriminately.

Children and armed violence

A study carried out by UNICEF in six Eastern Caribbean countries (Anguilla, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat and Saint Kitts and Nevis) explores the perceptions of child sexual abuse, attitudes towards the perpetrators and actions to prevent the abuse. The study details cases in which guns were used to physically threaten children or make them keep silent about the abuse.

National gun laws

IANSA members in the US are asking Starbucks coffee shops to ban people from carrying guns in their cafés.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.
UN Small Arms Process

Representatives of civil society spoke in the afternoon plenary session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 Review Conference (RevCon) on 21 March 2012.

This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

International trade controls

The report presents (Part I and Part II) a series of cases - from the 1980s to present - that illustrate and document the continuous involvement of aviation companies in the business of war, namely in the arms supply chains and also in covert operations, all of which have often resulted in consequent severe violations of human rights, from Nicaragua to Armenia, from D.R. Congo to Afghanistan and Rwanda.

UN Small Arms Process

The purpose of the PrepCom is to lay the groundwork for the RevCon, 27 August – 7 September 2012. The PrepCom is expected to produce a draft agenda for the RevCon i.e. which solutions to the problem of gun violence are open for discussion.