The UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Angela Kane, has made a strong statement in support of our work during the Global Week of Action against Gun Violence, 11-17 June 2012. Referring to armed domestic violence and the gendered impact of small arms, she states, "illegal guns (...) make it possible (...) for illegal owners to intimidate their households and commit gender-based violence."
In her endorsement of the Week of Action, she highlights the importance of IANSA members' contributions in the area of small arms control: "The Global Week of Action against Gun Violence provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the important contribution civil society makes in the areas of small arms control and the prevention of armed violence. It is at the local level that we see the brave initiatives, that we see the commitment and perseverance flourish that in practice lead to more peaceful, more liveable communities. I call upon all governments to cultivate and intensify their cooperation with civil society on curbing armed violence in all its manifestations. On behalf of the United Nations, I commend the organizers of the Global Week of Action against Violence for their relentless effort as ‘peace multipliers’ in keeping gun violence on the agenda of the international community."