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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

International trade controls

More than $2.2bn worth of arms and ammunition have been imported since 2000 to countries operating under arms embargoes, according to the new report “The Devil is in the Detail”  by Oxfam International.

Survivors, Women, gender and guns

The Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network has launched a new website to highlight its work in the northeast region of India ‘lifting women above the trauma and agony faced in armed conflict by helping them to find ways to heal the scars that decades of violence have caused to the community’. Visit the website at:

Survivors, Women, gender and guns

The Group for Research and Information on Peace (GRIP) and RAPACODIBU, IANSA members in Belgium and Burundi have published interviews they held with former female combatants in Burundi. They highlight issues around the reintegration of these women, and discuss women’s motivation for joining armed rebel groups and the potential risk that they will return. Read them here

International trade controls

A total of 300,000 small arms have been smuggled into Uganda and other East African Community countries over the last 10 years, according to the East Africa Action Network on Small Arms (EAANSA). In a recent press conference, they called on governments of the East African Community to support a strong ATT which is legally binding and includes criteria that can help prevent arms transfers where there is a substantial risk that they will be used to violate international human rights, humanitarian law or undermine development.

International trade controls

On April 26-27, representatives of civil society and the Control Arms coalition met with 15 member states from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria. Discussions focused on strengthening the ECOWAS common position on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) ahead of the final ATT negotiations in July.

Latest resources

Women, gender and guns

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, of which IANSA is a member, has releasedMonthly Action Points (MAP) for the UN Security Council for May 2011.

This is the second of our quarterly Updates on IANSA in Africa to keep you informed of progress on the continent. This issue focuses on the ‘Central Africa Convention for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons, their Ammunition and all Parts and Components that can be used for their Manufacture, Repair and Assembly’, known as the 'Kinshasa Convention'.   

Focusing on the US, this article, written by David Hemenway and published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, summarises and compares scientific literature on the health risks and benefits of having a gun in the home for the gun owner and his/her family.

International trade controls

The Norwegian Peace Association has published a new report on arms races and the effects of the global arms trade in the Global South.

This report by the UN Secretary-General was submitted to the UN Security Council to bring them up to date on issues that were presented to them in the 2008 SG report on Small Arms