Humanium Metal Initiative2021
Humanium Metal is transforming illegal seized firearms from governmental weapons destruction programmes in regions affected by armed violence into non-lethal commodities for peace. The income generated with Humanium Metal is re-invested into communities affected by gun violence, aiming to break the vicious cycle of violence and poverty. Through the initiative the private sector, right-holders, civil society, consumers and governments are connected in a virtuous cycle for peace and security.
Humanium Metal is a tool that allows tangible reduction on gun violence. It is not only the destruction of arms that counts, but also the strong symbolism of Humanium Metal. The symbol of upcycling a commodity for killing into a commodity for peace, creates a platform for a global movement for peace and security.
Humanium Metal is part of IM Swedish Development Partner’s strategy to contribute to the fulfillment of the United Nations Agenda 2030, specifically to Development Goal 16: Promote Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, which recognizes the vital importance of reducing illicit flows of firearms. As a joint effort between governments, the private sector and civil society to counteract armed violence and the spread of illegal weapons, Humanium Metal is contributing to fulfil Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnership for the goals.
I have been commissioned by IM Swedish Development Partner to create a new paint colour using Humanium Metal powder and to use the pen – of which there are only 500 in the world – to create artwork to be sold to raise funds for projects supporting survivors and violence-prevention programmes.