Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence
The Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (WoA) is an opportunity to advocate collectively for an end to the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. Campaign dates vary by year.
For more information, follow this link to read the 2019 Global Week of Action Highlights (in English).
February 14 - March 8:
Gun Free Valentine
The Gun Free Valentine campaign raises awareness of intimate partner violence, the increased risks to women of a gun in the home, and how laws can be used to save lives.
Follow this link to learn more.
Wear Orange Against Gun Violence
The Wear Orange campaign honors the memory of those who have lost their lives and calls for a future free of gun violence. The campaign began in a US city in 2013, quickly spread throughout the country, and IANSA has made the campaign global.
Find more information here.
International Gun Destruction Day
We remind our governments of the importance of small arms destruction as a vital measure to reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms. Learn more about the campaign here.
Find our report on the consequences of failing to dispose and safely destroy surplus guns and ammunition here.
International Youth Day
Established by the United Nations in 1999, International Youth Day recognizes the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and also raises awareness of the challenges that youth around the world face. IANSA’s International Youth Day campaign shines light on youth involvement in efforts to end gun violence, and brings attention to the risks that firearms to youth.
Learn more about gun violence and youth here.
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September 1- September 30:
Africa Amnesty Month
Launched in 2017 by the African Union, Africa Amnesty Month provides an opportunity for individuals to voluntarily surrender their illicit small arms and light weapons without fear of punishment during the month of September of every year. The initiative is part of the African Union’s “Silence the Guns by 2020,” initiative, which aims to end conflict on the African continent. Learn more here.
November 25 - December 10:
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism campaign calls for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV), and IANSA’s campaign draws attention to the link between guns and GBV. The campaign begins on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25) and ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).
December 20 - January 3:
End Celebratory Gunfire
Stray bullets from celebratory gunfire (the shooting of a firearm into the air as a form of celebration) injure and kill people every year. This campaign calls for an end to the practice.
Interfaith Unity Against Gun Violence
Nobody should be violently targeted because of their faith or ethnicity. This symbol expresses a unified commitment to peace and nonviolence for all.