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Campaigners advocate against arms proliferation

May 12, 2015 By Alusine Sesay

The Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms (SLANSA) will today (Monday, 11 May) join the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) to observe the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence.

According to a statement from IANSA, the Week of Action will highlight the international campaign to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons.

“Over the years, participation during the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence (GWoA) has grown, with more than 200 IANSA members in over 100 countries participating. Activities have ranged from signature/petition collections, lobbying officials, using sports stars or public figures to promote gun-free campaigns and promoting the Disarm Domestic Violence campaign,” the statement said.

They called on all network member organizations across the world to lend a hand in highlighting the destructive impacts of gun violence and the need to craft and implement laws to curb the menace.

“Local action for global effect means that each small action we take at community level when combined, becomes another global campaign with resounding success. Let us therefore seize the opportunity,” the statement urged.

The theme for the week’s observance is “get guns off the street, disarm domestic violence, lock up the guns and ensure stockpile management”.

The theme for the week’s celebration in Sierra Leone is, “The Human Cost of Guns”.

“We will be widening our scope to include all forms of armed violence within the context of the Geneva Declaration, and touch on macro disarmament to address the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons and endorsing the Austrian pledge,” the statement concluded.