New kinds of deadly weapons are being developed at a pace that few of us can imagine. Armed drones already fill the skies in many parts of the world. Meanwhile, fully autonomous weapons systems, known as killer robots, are rapidly making their way from the realm of science fiction and into real life.
Modern technologies of violence are becoming increasingly de-humanised, which involves security risks of a kind that we have never faced before. It also raises urgent moral and legal concerns. If a robot decides to go on a killing spree – who will be held accountable?
WILPF monitors these developments closely and participates actively in relevant international dialogues. Through our research and advocacy, including as part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, we raise awareness of the technological developments that are underway, including their gendered aspects, and make our protests heard in order to prevent these weapons from taking shape and being used.