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

The Institute of Human Rights Communication Nepal (IHRICON), IANSA member in Nepal along with the Armed Violence Reduction Working Group and National Women Security Watch Group, organised an interactive workshop on the “Arms Trade Treaty and Gender”. Ms. Prassanata Wasti presented data on the security situation of Nepal since 2010. Ms. Shobha Gautam, IHRICON’s founder and president, presented her paper on the Arms Trade Treaty and Gender.

International trade controls

RASALAO-Burkina, IANSA member in Burkina-Faso, undertook a range of activities, in collaboration with Amnesty-Burkina. They organised a workshop in Amnesty-Burkina’s head office to inform the members of the two organisations about the Global Week of Action and about the upcoming ATT Diplomatic Conference in New York, as well as a football match, a film screening and a debate with youth about the misuse of SALW in Burkina-Faso. 

International trade controls

IANSA members in Cote d’Ivoire were very active during the Week of Action. RASALAO-Cote d’Ivoire organised an outreach activity in relation to the proliferation of small arms and the misuse of light weapons in ECOWAS countries. They met with spokespersons of the President and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reinforce the need for an effective contribution by the Government of Cote d’Ivoire during ATT negotiations in New York. Amnesty-Cote d’Ivoire organised a debate on the ATT in Abidjan to raise the awareness and plead for robust and strong treaty.

IANSA members in the DR Congo organised a wide range of activities. Association des Volontaires du Congo, ASVCO aired messages on the Global Week of Action on four radios stations, RTNC-Goma, RTCT, Radio Sauti ya INJILI and Radio RAU-FM. ASVCO and MONUSCO organised a march to help child survivors of the misuse of SALW talk about their cases and set up banners in school courtyards. AFIA-FEV, ADIFE Sud-Kivu and AVREO, the coalition of South-Kivu organisations, put banners on main streets and organised a workshop with political and military officials.

Weapons collection and destruction

Organização Santomense dos Direitos Humanos, IANSA member in Sao Tome and Principe organised a joint activity with the police to collect the weapons in the community and raise the awareness on the proliferation and misuse of small and light weapons. 

Latest resources

National gun laws

This newsletter from the Coalition Against Gun Violence in the US includes a message of solidarity to the people of Norway after the shooting that left 69 people dead on 22 July 2011.

Security sector reform

The latest newsletter from the Southern Africa Development Community Council of Non Governmental Organizations (SADC-CNGO) includes a statement condemning recent violence against protesters in Malawi

Stockpile management and security

An article by the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) about the devastating effects of poorly secured weapons and ammunition stockpiles in many developing countries has been published on the Defence Management Journal website.

Women, gender and guns

A new IANSA Women’s Network Bulletin is now available.

Instituto Sou da Paz, an IANSA member in Brazil, has launched a practical guide to children's disarmament.