In a significant step towards combatting gun proliferation and gender-based gun violence, the National Commission on Small Arms and Light Weapons recently partnered with the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA) to organize an impactful interface meeting.

The meeting brought together Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) operating in the gender, peace, and security sector along with the Small Arms Commission to address the pressing challenges surrounding these issues. Under the theme: “Promoting Dialogue and a Culture of Peace: Taking Action to End Gun Proliferation and Gender-Based Gun Violence”, this interface meeting became a vital platform for generating essential conversations and valuable insights.

The primary objective of the meeting was to delve into the gender dynamics surrounding small arms control mechanism while exploring the instrumental role of CSOs in minimizing gender-based gun violence.

The discussion focused on understanding the role of CSOs in minimizing gender-based gun violence and explored innovative strategies to combat the pervasive issue. It also provided a platform where they could collectively develop strategies to tackle the multifaceted challenges of gun proliferation and gender-based gun violence.

During the meeting, several key issues were addressed to combat gun proliferation and promote a safer society. These issues included:

  • Enhancing the visibility of gun laws, particularly through security agencies and the media
  • Utilizing media outlets to raise awareness about the Small Arms Commission and its crucial role.
  • Conducting public education campaigns to increase awareness about the impact of gun proliferation and promote responsible gun ownership.

The collaboration reflects the Commission’s determination to engage CSOs and build stronger strategic partnerships. Recognizing the significant role that they play in driving positive change, the Commission seeks to actively involve them in shaping policies and initiatives that promote peace, security, and gender equality. Through dialogue, cooperation, and the sharing of best practices, they aim to build a society characterized by peace, safety, and freedom from gun violence.