Bertha Von Suttner and the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament to be celebrated

Abolition 2000, the global network to eliminate nuclear weapons, is promoting the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament (May 24) and the 175th birthday of Bertha Von Suttner (June 8), the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

On the first date (May 24) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will release Securing our Common Future: An Agenda for Disarmament, a new initiative to address the humanitarian impact of armed conflict and the increased threats from arms races, international tensions and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

A more specific women-led action on May 24 that might interest you is Common security for a sustainable and nuclear-weapon-free world, a joint statement of women parliamentarians from around the world organised by PNND to commemorate the two dates and support the UNSG’s initiative.

The statement has been endorsed by women legislators from Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lichtenstein, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

PNND is also working with partner organisations on Count the Nuclear Weapons Money, a major action in New York in October this year to challenge nuclear weapons budgets and corporations and to support actions to move the money to better purposes. The Basel Peace Office welcomes WILPF members to participate in this action.

 

 

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