Phillippines: Save lives and protect human rights through an Arms Trade Treaty"

The Philippine Action Network to Control Arms (PhilANCA) marked the Global Week of Action with a number of events on the theme "Save lives and protect human rights through an Arms Trade Treaty". A report from their activities is available below:

Prior to the Week, PhilANCA held awareness-raising workshops in conflict affected areas:

- A workshop on Small Arms and Women was conducted by Pax Christi-Pilipinas and the Center for Peace Education (CPE) at the Catholic Peacebuiding Training in Cagayan de Oro City.

- A session on "Challenging War and Its Implements" was also conducted by the CPE during a teachers' training workshop in Zamboanga City.

- A workshop on gun violence and the ATT was conducted by Generation Peace and the GZO Peace Institute in Cotabato City. The film "Shooting Poverty" had also three screenings at Miriam College where gun violence issues and the prospects of an ATT were discussed in classroom lessons.

During the Week, Pax Christi-Miriam College hosted an exhibition on the principles of a strong ATT. Petition-signing activities were also organised by the group at Miriam College, Claret Church and at a women's meeting in Richmonde Hotel. Two petitions were open for signatures, a petition letter for the government of the Philippines to support an ATT; and a petition for UN member-states to integrate gender issues in the ATT.

Amnesty International-Pilipinas., GZO Peace Institute and Center for Peace Education representatives trooped to the Office of the Special Envoy on Transnational Crimes (OSETC) - the office tasked to write the Philippine position on the ATT-to appeal for a strong ATT. PhilANCA particularly requested the SETC to include ammunitions on the list of conventional weapons and to support the inclusion of gender issues in the ATT.

Pac Christi-Pilipinas and Center for Peace Education representatives also featured on several radio stations during the Week. Jennifer Santiago-Oreta was interviewed at DZBB while Jasmin Nario-Galace spoke at the Tinig ng Kababaihan (Voice of the Women) radio show at DZRB and Pamilya mo, Pamilya Ko (My Family, Your Family) at Radio Veritas.