Women helped ban the bomb in July 2017 when the historic Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted at the United Nations! WILPF was a major player in the civil society movement advocating for the Treaty. The organisation has been an active and vocal supporter for over a decade, committed to consistent antinuclear organising and advocacy since the dawn of the nuclear age.
Now that the Treaty exists, our work will turn a page and focus on national-level advocacy to encourage governments to sign and ratify the agreement. In order to equip WILPF members and sections to mobilise in this new phase, Reaching Critical Will, WILPF’s disarmament programme, has prepared a toolkit of information and resources.
The primary component of the toolkit is a resource guide that includes an explanation of the Treaty’s provisions, including its groundbreaking references to women. It outlines the gendered aspects of nuclear weapons, and describes the contributions of WILPF to the ban treaty movement. Available in English, French, and Spanish, the guide also identifies several suggested actions and provides links and information for where to find more information. In the coming weeks, the toolkit will be rounded out by the addition of a suite of info-graphics that can be printed and used as signs at events, or shared on social media and websites.
“The sufferings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have continued through generations. It is time for the governments to listen to the voices of women calling for elimination of nuclear weapons.” WILPF International President Kozue Akibayashi on the occasion of the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb.
What’s the status of the Treaty in your country? Click here to check. Take action by following any of the suggestions in our guide.