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Nelson, Carol. 2006 ‘Women and Disarmament: What can be learnt from conflicts in Solomon Islands, Bougainville and PNG?.’ Weapons Free Village Campaign: Presentation to the International Firearms Safety Seminar. Christchurch: Small Arms Survey, the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva. 18 April

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Late in 2002, just prior to the expiry of the Townsville Peace Agreement, a weapons free village campaign commenced on Guadalcanal and Malaita - the islands most effected by the civil conflict.

The campaign aimed to harness an increasing desire within the population to eradicate weapons from their lives. It relied on stigmatizing weapons through positive peer pressure, both within communities and between neighbouring villages. Village women were integrally involved in the campaign and were particularly effective as peace monitors, encouraging villages to join the campaign.

Legislation played a strong and positive role in the disarmament process in Solomon Islands, particularly in relation to the third and final amnesty in August 2003. At the end of the third amnesty all guns became illegal (and still are) …

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