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

Women, gender and guns

On 10 March Congolese IANSA women Bibiane Tshefu of ‘Women as Partners for Peace in Africa’ and Jeanine Ngungu of ‘Campagne Nous Pouvons’ met Margot Wallstrom, the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

This week Oxfam launched “Shooting Poverty”, a film competition that invites young filmmakers to submit their written vision for a short documentary focusing on the impact on development of armed violence and the arms trade.

Children and armed violence

On 11 March we commemorate the first anniversary of the mass shooting at Albertville Secondary School.

Parliamentarians from West Africa together with experts and other governmental representatives participated in a conference on firearms held in Bamako (Mali) 25-26 February.

Marking and tracing

Senior officers from the Uganda police force marked their firearms on 23 February in Kampala, as part of a programme to mark all state stockpiles.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns
The first ‘Gender, Peace and Security Update (GPS)’ for 2012 from the Peace Research Institute Oslo, features PRIO researcher and Deputy Director Inger Skjelsbæk’s new book ‘The Psychology of War Rape: Studies from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the launch of the US Peace Research Endowment'.
UN Small Arms Process

Representatives of civil society spoke in the afternoon plenary session of the preparatory committee (PrepCom) for the 2012 Review Conference (RevCon) on 21 March 2012.

This article was written by Félix Kokou Aklavon, member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) and the Togolese Action Network on Small Arms (RASALT) for the Small Arms Monitor during the preparatory committee for the 2012 Review Conference on the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms (PoA).

International trade controls

The report presents (Part I and Part II) a series of cases - from the 1980s to present - that illustrate and document the continuous involvement of aviation companies in the business of war, namely in the arms supply chains and also in covert operations, all of which have often resulted in consequent severe violations of human rights, from Nicaragua to Armenia, from D.R. Congo to Afghanistan and Rwanda.

UN Small Arms Process

The purpose of the PrepCom is to lay the groundwork for the RevCon, 27 August – 7 September 2012. The PrepCom is expected to produce a draft agenda for the RevCon i.e. which solutions to the problem of gun violence are open for discussion.