Strong Women for a Strong #Armstreaty

July 12 2012, 4:17 PM  by Oistein Thorsen

Today Control Arms coalition members made it clear that an Arms Trade Treaty without specific gender based violence criteria is simply not bulletproof. Each day, thousands face the brutal reality of gender-based violence which is exacerbated by the unregulated trade in small arms and light weapons. To commemorate this injustice women campaigners dressed in black and offered “Forget Me Not” flowers to diplomats from countries that would make statements in favor of including gender based violence in the Treaty. 

The delegates responded in full force. Representatives of Australia, Malawi, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago, Norway, Senegal, Kenya, Iceland, Ireland, Finland, United Kingdom, and others all accepted the symbolic flowers and agreed to champion gender language in the treaty. Momentum is building but we need to keep the pressure up.

You can help by using the sample tweets below (in English, French and Spanish).

Women in the #DRC are living in the shadow of a gun. An #ArmsTreaty might shine some light. @controlarms 

Les femmes en #RDC vivent dans l’ombre des armes. Un #ArmsTreaty pourrait les éclairer

 Las mujeres de #RDC viven a la sombra de una arrma. Un #ArmsTreaty podría darles algo de luz. @controlarms