Small arms kill more than half a million people worldwide every year – many of whom are women. In spite of this, women are rarely included in efforts to tackle the problem. The global Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control seeks to change this.
The impact of years of civil wars in the Western Balkan region can still be felt to this day, with up to six million small arms still in circulation. Germany and France have launched an initiative to curb the illegal arms trade and to bring arms under control.
Last year, the Government and the opposition in Mozambique signed a peace accord designed to stabilise the country in the long term. The large numbers of small arms from the many years of civil war threaten peaceful co-existence.
“It is high time to close this major breach in our security” – Foreign Minister Maas has announced that more money will be made available to combat the illegal arms trade.