IANSA members at BMS6 during the Wear Orange Campaign
In recognition of the value of human life, in awareness of the countless people who have lost their lives or suffered injuries from gun violence, and in determination to put an end to senseless losses and human suffering caused by small arms, IANSA organized a Wear Orange campaign on 9 June at the UN. Both civil society members and government representatives joined in the event, which was timed to coincide with the sixth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS6). For all information on BMS6 please visit: http://www.iansa.org/node/3068
The Wear Orange campaign began in the United States after Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year old with a bright future ahead of her, was randomly shot and killed as she stood talking to her friends after finishing her final exams in 2013. As a symbol of the value of human life and the need to protect it, the color orange was chosen for the campaign. Since 2015, IANSA has been bringing the Wear Orange campaign to the UN, because as government officials hold debates, make statements and draft documents related to various aspect of small arms, we aim to remind them of the human lives at the heart of the issue.