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

National gun laws

The Umut Foundation, an IANSA member in Turkey, is critical of a proposed new gun law that will soon be discussed in Parliament.

Women, gender and guns

Women and girls attempting to flee the famine in Somalia are at risk of being abducted and forced into marriage by armed groups, or face rape and other forms of sexual violence in refugee camps.

Children and armed violence

In Yemen, increased tensions between government troops and other armed groups have led to an increase in the recruitment of child soldiers, according to Yemeni NGOs.

National gun laws

The IANSA Women’s Network applauds two new measures to help prevent armed domestic violence signed into law in the US this month.

National gun laws, Public health

Opportunities for state-level action to reduce gun violence are explored by Garen Wintemute in a new article published by the American Public Health Association.

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.