On 7 July 2017, history was made at the United Nations headquarters in New York as 122 states voted to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The Treaty reached its fiftieth ratification on 24 October 2020, securing its entry into force on 22 January 2021!
This treaty is the result of years of hard work, fuelled by the commitment and dedication of WILPF and other civil society organisations. Ensuring a nuclear-free world has been at the core of our work for decades. Since 2007, WILPF has been a proud member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for its successful efforts to make the treaty a reality. Our hard work is paying off, but we still have a long way to go.
Thousands of nuclear warheads still loom in silos and on submarines around the world, posing a real and imminent threat to our very existence. Any use of nuclear weapons, no matter how limited in scope, would have catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences reaching far across national borders and affecting several generations to come.
As a prominent advocate for nuclear disarmament, WILPF closely monitors developments in different multilateral forums, provides research, analysis, and advocacy, and speaks truth to power. We see nuclear weapons as a deadly manifestation of patriarchy, and we constantly apply a feminist perspective in our analysis. We remain at the forefront of global efforts for a nuclear weapons free world.