The days of endless searching for resources that explore the nexus between gender and disarmament are finally over. Reaching Critical Will (RCW), the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, is launching today the very first Gender and Disarmament Database.

Reaching Critical Will has been leading the work on advancing gender perspectives in disarmament and arms control for years. But with the recent growth in interest from multiple organisations, research institutes, governments, and other stakeholders, there is an increase of resources available on this subject.

“We’re seeing an increased interest from a variety of actors – diplomats, activists, international organisations – into the connections between gender and disarmament. This new database is meant to facilitate on the subjects,” says Ray Acheson, Reaching Critical Will’s director.

Searching for Sources Made Easy

The new database allows users to explore relevant resources based on their references to distinctive gender aspects in disarmament. It hosts a wide range of resources such as reports, articles, books and book chapters, policy documents, podcasts, legislation, and UN documents.

“The resources compiled cover a range of topics, from the gendered impacts of particular weapons to feminist understandings of weapons and war,” observes Ray Acheson. “Whether you just want to browse around and discover new resources, or search for a specific content or particular topic, this database offers it all.” 

Ray Acheson hopes that “by making these articles, talks, and documents available all in one place Reaching Critical Will can help those who are interested in this work to find more information and analysis in order to advance the feminist discourse about disarmament and security.”

105 Years of Leading Work on Gender and Disarmament 

WILPF’s story began 105 years ago, when a group of women came together in The Hague to discuss solutions to the causes of violence of World War I. There was no question for the founding mothers of WILPF that gender and disarmament are closely interrelated. They knew that militarism, patriarchy, and capitalism are the roots of war and violence, and that in order to ensure permanent peace, we must include a gender perspective in all disarmament efforts.

In 1999, WILPF created Reaching Critical Will to lead the organisation’s analysis and advocacy for disarmament, the reduction of global military spending and militarism, and the investigation of gendered aspects of disarmament processes. Ever since, Reaching Critical Will has been WILPF’s leading voice for over two decades in making sure feminist perspectives are included in a broad range of disarmament and arms control topics.

To ensure the Gender and Disarmament Database is growing and up to date with the latest resources, Reaching Critical Will invites you to share with them any resources that you believe are essential to making our database diverse and complete. Please send any suggestions to disarm (a)