Global Week of Action 2014 (WOA)

This year’s Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (16-22 June 2014) was timed to coincide with the Fifth UN Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms (BMS5). IANSA member organizations celebrated the WOA in their home countries, and internationally at the BMS5, which was held at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Here is a sample of events during the Global Week of Action:

Philippines

The Center for Peace Education lead campaign activities by undertaking many advocacy and awareness raising projects:

· Video collage to start off the week and introduce the Global Week of Action

· Informational posts on social media regarding facts on gun violence

· Speaking on the Radio Veritas show "Pamilya Mo, Pamilya Ko" (Your Family, My Family) to share about the campaign and how these issues affects Filipino families, as well as also to talk about the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act (a.k.a ‘the new gun law).

· Speaking on the PCW Radio show "Tinig Ng Kababaihan" (Women's Voice) about the campaign, the new gun law and how it can be improved to be more gender-sensitive

· Photo campaigns with Miriam College students and the general public – view here.

· Developed the tagline "how about now?" for Global Week of Action activities

 

South Africa

Gun free South Africa produced an advertisement campaign for TV and print during the Global Week of Action. A video of the campaign can be viewed here. A media release can be viewed here.

Below is a copy of a print ad:

Photo courtesy of Gun Free South Africa

 

Global

On 20 June 2014, The IANSA Women’s Networkhosted a side event during the BMS5 entitled, ‘Is the UN Programme of Action Masculine?’ The event was held in collaboration with the Australian Mission to the United Nations and the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. Speakers included IANSA Women Jasmin Nario-Galace, Ema Tagicakibau and Folade Mutota. Please visit the IANSA Flickr page here and here for photos from this event.

 

Bangladesh

MAAPSI Bangladesh (Motivation, Awareness, Advocacy Programme on Social Issue) organized a Roundtable entitled, ‘Reduce Gun Violence and Save Life’ on 22 June 2014 in Dhaha, Bangladesh. The roundtable identified causes of gun violence in Bangladesh and made recommendations for reduction and prevention measures. Photos can be viewed here.

 

Cameroon

The Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace (CAMYOSFOP) marked the WOA by advocating with the government of Cameroon to ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty and the Kinshasa Convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons in Central Africa. Below are two photos from their advocacy activities:

Photo courtesy of CAMYOSFOP

 

Photo courtesy of CAMYOSFOP

 

Sierra Leone

The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms made a statement on radio and the press and conducted a series of media interviews to raise awareness on the Global Week of Action as well as to urge the government of Sierra Leone to ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

On 21 June 2014, as part of the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom – DRC Section organized a day of reflection on armed violence, held in collaboration with the Framework for Consultation on Small Arms and Violence (CAVA). More than twenty women's organizations attended.

Photo courtesy of WILPF-DRC

 

USA

Amnesty International USA wrote a post on its Human Rights Now blog marking the Global Week of Action - view here

 

Burundi

Developpement Agro Pastoral et Sanitaire (DAGROPASS) joined the Ex-Combatants Network (CEDAC) in a regional information and training workshop on advocating for the ratification of the UN Arms Trade Treaty. Participants came from Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC.