Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence 2016
This year's Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence took place from the 1-8 May 2016.
The theme for the 2016 Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence was: "Time to End the Deadly Flood of Guns." The specific focus in each country depended on the local and national context, but included the marking of weapons, stockpile management, more effective border control and management to prevent the easy flow of weapons across porous boarders, improved laws and regulations to prevent guns from flooding into our communities, addressing the factors leading to the demand for guns, removing weapons from domestic violence abusers, and making sure that gun traffickers were arrested and proscecuted. The gender dimension, children, and survivor participation are cross cutting issues that were also highlights in the week's activities.
The Week of Action has been, for many years, a time to highlight the international campaign to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms, promote the effective implementation of the United Nations Programme of Action (UNPoA), and raise awareness of the epidemic of gun violence and its consequences.
To address this Week of Action, activities were carried out across the Globe. These included:
- Members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) organising an awareness day;
- Gun Free South Africa conducting a survey that highlights the levels of gun violence and deaths in the country;
- Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America organising a march in New York City to raise awareness;
- Amnistia Internacional Venezuela urging people to contact their government officials to ask them to take greater action on gun violence;
- The Center for Peace Education at Miriam College in the Philippines has organizing a photo exhibit that focuses on telling stories of children living amidst conflict in Mindanao.
IANSA's final report on all activities carried out around the world by our partners to bring light to the Global Week of Action can be found here.
Further, Mr. Baffour Amoa, Chair of IANSA's International Advisory Council, marked the beginning of the Week of Action by making a statement on the global issue of gun prolieration in today's world.
In addition, the UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Kim Wan-soo, addressed the Week of Action in a statement which can be read here.