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The Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns works on small arms-related issues through key partners such as the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA). IANSA, founded in 1998, is a global network of civil society organizations working to stop the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons (SALW). IANSA comprises more than 500 groups in nearly 100 countries.

IANSA’s activities include raising awareness among policymakers, the public and the media about the global threat to human security caused by small arms; and working to prevent small arms proliferation through national and local legislation, regional agreements, public education and research. Specific issues include child soldiers, marking and tracing of small arms, and the disproportionate effect upon women victims of the sale and use of small arms around the world.

See also:

FAS obtains key report on U.S. arms exports Deliveries of foreign military sales declined $1 billion in fiscal year 2008, according to the Federation of American Scientists (July 17, 2009)

Big battles over small arms: But progress at the United Nations is too slow, article by Frida Berrigan, published on Common Dreams.org, Jan. 25, 2006.

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