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

The Global Women of Faith Network of IANSA member Religions for Peace have launched a series of seminars on “Religion, Women and Peacebuilding” on 6 December 2011.

International trade controls

The US has repeatedly transferred arms to Egypt, including small arms and ammunition, despite evidence of Egyptian security forces using excessive force against protesters.

National gun laws

A committee established by the Norwegian Justice Department to review the national gun law has concluded with recommendations for a new law.

Women, gender and guns

Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network has been nominated for a CNN IBN Indian of the Year Award 2011 in the category for ‘Public service’. The Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network was founded in 2004 to support women survivors of gun violence in Manipur, India.

Stockpile management and security

The rate of accidents at munitions storage sites has risen to unprecedented levels in 2011, according to a report on the IRIN news site. Quoting the Small Arms Survey, it says “During the first ten months of 2011, the average number of explosions has increased to more than three per month

Latest resources

Security sector reform

This paper examines policy options for security system reform (SSR).

Women, gender and guns

Women comprise a small proprtion of the users of guns, yet suffer greatly from them, and are also vital to any successful disarmament process. This 2004 report contains information on the way guns affect women, and how women's rights groups are mobilised to prevent gun violence. It was written for the Control Arms Campaign was produced by Amnesty International, IANSA and Oxfam.

Armed violence and development

This report from the Control Arms Campaign includes a methodology for allowing government arms export officials to determine if the transfer is likely to undermine development in the recipient country.

UN Small Arms Process

The 2001 Programme of Action on small arms was adopted by the UN General Assembly after negotiations at the 2001 UN Conference on Small Arms.