Human, Economic and Social Costs of Small Arms and Light Weapons Violence: Selected Global Data (June 2024)
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by Emma Callsen
1w ago
This Briefing Paper provides selected global data and figures to highlight the massive global scale and impacts of violence and destabilization committed with small arms and light weapons (SALW) in both conflict and non-conflict settings, including the enormous economic and social costs arising from the illicit circulation, diversion, frequent misuse and inadequate regulation of such weapons and their ammunition. The huge global cost in lives and livelihoods can be gleaned by considering various estimates. In July 2023 UN Secretary General reported that: “From 2015 to 2021, an estimated 3.1 mi ..read more
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Towards RevCon4: Civil Society Advocacy Guide on the United Nations Programme of Action on Small Arms (February 2023)
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by Emma Callsen
4M ago
The purpose of this guide is to assist IANSA network members, other non-governmental organisations, (including community organisations working at the grassroots level and organisations working at the national and regional levels) to help make our world a safer place by sharing recommendations that States should apply to better prevent the illicit proliferation, misuse and trade of small arms and light weapons (SALW). This civil society guide provides an overview of the seven key issues that IANSA has identified as needing particular attention at the Preparatory Meeting (PrepCom) and the Fourth ..read more
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16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2023 Report
IANSA - International Action Network on Small Arms
by Emma Callsen
5M ago
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence took place from 25 November until 10 December. IANSA’s theme this year was “Take Action! Stop gender-based violence now.” Small arms and light weapons (SALW) are used to perpetrate or facilitate gender-based violence (GBV). GBV involves any act of violence targeting an individual on the basis of their gender. GBV encompasses violence against people based on their perceived or real sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and sexual characteristics. This campaign aims to raise awareness of the issue of GBV and urge government offici ..read more
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Effective civil society engagement to inform and influence gender mainstreaming in small arms trafficking and misuse: the experience of IANSA (January 2024)
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by Emma Callsen
5M ago
The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the experience of the IANSA Secretariat and its network members in the delivery of the three-year project entitled “Civil society engagement in support of gender mainstreamed policies, programmes, and actions in the fight against small arms trafficking and misuse, in line with the Women, Peace and Security agenda”. The project ran from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2022. The overarching goal of this project was to “Contribute to international peace, security, gender equality and sustainable development by enhancing the effectiveness of small ..read more
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Small Arms and Light Weapons Transfer Controls: Import, Transit & Trans-shipment (January 2024)
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by Emma Callsen
5M ago
The objective of strengthening controls on the transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) is to ensure a more responsible trade, counter the illicit trade and prevent armed violence and conflict. To be effective SALW control is not limited to export control. Consignments of SALW as well as their ammunition, parts, and components, need to be controlled at all transfer points, including at the point of import, export, trans-shipment, and in transit. Establishing effective transfer controls beyond the point of export is particularly relevant for import-dependent states. Such states are most ..read more
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Ending armed violence perpetrated against people on the basis of real or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and sexual characteristics (SOGIESC) within the framework of the UNPoA (December 2023)
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by Emma Callsen
6M ago
This factsheet was produced with the support of the Small Arms Survey and draws from the working paper presented by Spain, Mexico and the Small Arms Survey to the Ninth Conference of States parties to the Arms Trade Treaty (CSP9), 21 – 25 August 2023, entitled “Mitigating the risk of armed violence against people on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) through the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)”. At the last Biennial Meeting of States on the United Nations Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons (UN ..read more
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16 Actions for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence 2023
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by Emma Callsen
7M ago
Below are 16 Actions you can take during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign: 1) Take action and start a discussion! Gather state officials, women leaders, youth and all members of your community together to unite against gender-based gun violence. Raising awareness, education and sharing solutions are effective ways to campaign for positive change to prevent the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). 2) Devise an advocacy strategy. IANSA has created a toolkit on advocacy to provide its members with ideas and techniques they might need to ..read more
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IANSA Fact Sheet: Integrating Youth in Small Arms and Light Weapons Controls and Peace and Security
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by Emma Callsen
8M ago
Youth Mainstreaming refers to the deliberate inclusion of young people’s perspectives, needs, and participation in the processes of reducing small arms and light weapons proliferation and misuse. By ensuring that youth are actively involved in decision-making, awareness campaigns, and disarmament initiatives, the approach recognises the significant role youth can play in fostering peace and security. This fact sheet offers some State examples of youth involvement, UN commitments and actionable steps by States. The post IANSA Fact Sheet: Integrating Youth in Small Arms and Light Weapons Contro ..read more
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The UNPoA: An analysis of outcomes from BMS8 and looking forward to RevCon4 (September 2023)
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by Emma Callsen
9M ago
The United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNPoA) is an international framework that enables the regular consideration of a wide range of measures at national, regional, and international levels to prevent, combat, and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons “in all its aspects.” This briefing paper focuses on key outcomes and implications of deliberations at the eighth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS8) on the UNPoA, held in New York from 27 June-1 July 2022. The paper is intended to provide bac ..read more
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International Standards to Prevent Police Gun Violence (September 2023)
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by Emma Callsen
9M ago
In many countries the global and regional proliferation of small arms means that police and other law enforcers are under extreme pressure to counter rising levels of violent gun crime and are expected to confront armed offenders. In the process, ill-trained and ill-disciplined officers with guns sometimes kill, maim, and mistreat innocent people whom they are supposed to protect. Increasingly, police, customs and other law enforcement officers are also called upon to detect illicit gun traffickers, mark firearms, process firearms licenses, collect illicit firearms and persuade communities to ..read more
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