Previous disarmament work

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in Disarmament | 0 comments

This is a partial listing of previous actions UK WILPF has taken in its disarmament campaign work. Say NO to drones! 2015 week of action. 4-11 October 2015 UK WILPF marks the 70th anniversary of the first use of an atomic bomb in armed conflict. 6 August 2015 Debate Trident replacement in Parliament. 8 July 2015 Join us in the week of mobilisation against corporate impunity. 6 July...

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Scottish WILPF submission to UN nuclear disarmament talks

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, News |

Scottish WILPF member Janet Fenton gave evidence at the latest UN Open Ended Working Group: Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations in Geneva on 9 May 2016. She said, “Acceleration of climate change and the ongoing environmental degradation constitute profound challenges for our times. Both would be exacerbated by nuclear detonation, or by accidents and leakages of waste and the effect of climate change or environmental degradation could provide a trigger for deliberate or accidental detonation(s). Gendered perspectives which equate strength and effectiveness with military spending and dominance exclude women from authoritative social and political roles in addressing these threats reduce the effectiveness of women in infrastructures and negotiation. “Women have been active in protesting against nuclear weapons since their inception, but they aren’t heard and the actions are forgotten.” About WILPF’s role in the campaign for nuclear disarmament, she said, “The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has opposed war as a means of conflict resolution and upheld women’s human right to equal representation since its inception a hundred years ago. It called for the elimination of nuclear weapons even before the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was founded, advocated the establishment of the League of Nations and then United Nations and the UN first resolution commitment to nuclear disarmament.” Read her full...

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Join WILPF in the women’s bloc of the STOP TRIDENT demo

Posted by on Feb 26, 2016 in Disarmament | 0 comments

Human security not military security! Women’s rights are human rights! Women support the global ban! Help swell the voices demanding the the UK government #STOPTRIDENT. Join the march from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square, starting at noon on Saturday 27 February 2016. A rally in Trafalgar Square will follow, with speakers including Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader; Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland; and Caroline Lucas, MP Green Party. With the government considering renewal of the UK’s nuclear weapons system, Trident, now is a crucial moment to get involved! See you...

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WILPF in the UK

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Disarmament, Environment and militarism, Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights | 0 comments

MR: I am very glad that WILPF has a strong section in Scotland. And we need to be stronger. We need to get more people out there. We need more people in the UK. I really wanted to have seen a strong response to this Cameron Government and his belligerence. We need to be out there showing that 187bn dollars toward a war effort, for the future, is just not something that is conscionable because it will make conflict inevitable. So the militarisation that is going on under Cameron is appalling, instead of doing the work that would keep people safe. You know, the police, the front line, intelligence but intelligent intelligence, about decency, about increasing levels of education, ending Islamophobia, making a more equal society – you don’t hear that from him. Not now, and that is scary; so we need to step that up. We need to be getting our politicians to ask Parliamentary questions all the time. If Jeremy Corbyn is true to his word in saying that he will ask the questions constituents put to him. Let’s get these questions in. HK: Any hints on how we can engage with younger women? MR: It’s interesting. That is a discussion we have been having forever! We have to be cool and sexy. If, from what I have seen and heard, there is a degree of alienation – that is why Jeremy Corbyn has been good in mobilising, he speaks to what young people are concerned about; and if young people want a future then they have got to be concerned about what we are concerned about. So it is getting that message out. And I think that the universities are great recruitment grounds, especially this one, seems to be fantastic. Part of the problem of being such an old organisation, we still have practices, constitutions and things – are they really what we need now? There is an endless debate around just now about whether somewhere like India which is vast, whether you have to be a member of the section or you can be an international member. And how we are going to manage all that. Because that tends to be the thing – people don’t want to go to local meetings anymore, they go to global gatherings. So we need to make it broad enough church to have the movement as well as the sections and it is a question of, ideally we get all people joining the sections and being the real powerhouse which then can be part of the movement. But we are not there yet. HK: It may be part of globalisation process, people want to be part of the international?...

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