Religious leaders drawn from Kenya , Uganda, South Sudan trained on matters Arms trade Treaty (ATT) in Nairobi Kenya.
The training organized by FECCLAHA involved expert presentations to help the religious leaders best understand ATT, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALWs) and the African Union Strategy on Silencing the gun by 2020, thereby laying bare the entry points for the church to intervene in.
This was informed by the findings of a baseline survey by FECCLAHA on SALW 2014 and 2015 indicating the different levels countries are in terms of the implementation of the Nairobi Protocol on SALWs.
The participants were also taken through a situational analysis of SALWs; why it is important, the cost of armed conflicts, the Nairobi Protocol, countering illegal arms flow through regional cooperation by the Regional Centre on Small Arms and Light Weapons (RECSA) and gender dimensions on SALWs.
Participants having gone through the training were tasked with coming up with advocacy and lobby plans for the ratification of ATT, a multilateral treaty that regulates the international trade in conventional weapons, at local, national and regional levels, the target groups, the planned activities, partners or key stakeholders as well as the frequency of plan execution.
FECCLAHA remains concerned with and engages in countering the proliferation of illegal SALWs and in response has established the SALW programme where it discharges capacity building trainings, workshops, awareness creation, advocacy and information sharing at community, national and regional levels.