Write to your MP to sign pledge to ratify the Nuclear Ban Treaty

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Featured, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Now that The Nuclear Ban Treaty has been signed and opened up to countries for ratification, we need to put pressure on our UK decision-makers to enshrine it in our law. The seminal Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was agreed by 122 countries of the United Nations on July 7th 2017. It was opened up to signatories on 20th September, and so far more than fifty states have already signed it. The Treaty looks to make nuclear weapons illegal and provides a framework  to totally ban them. It prohibits the use, development, testing, manufacture stationing and deployment, as well as the threat to use nuclear weapons.  However, a nuclear armed country, like Britain can still sign the treaty by agreeing to stop all these activities and embark upon a monitored process to get rid of these weapons of mass destruction. Parliamentarians can now lead the way by signing the pledge to work for the UK to sign this vital treaty and bring it into our law.  You can find the pledge and where parliamentarians can sign it here. To put pressure on your MP to sign the pledge, download the Pledge letter for MPs here.   Full pledge: We, the undersigned parliamentarians, warmly welcome the adoption of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 7 July 2017 as a significant step towards the realization of a nuclear-weapon-free world. We share the deep concern expressed in the preamble about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences that would result from any use of nuclear weapons and we recognize the consequent need to eliminate these inhumane and abhorrent weapons. As parliamentarians, we pledge to work for the signature and ratification of this landmark treaty by our respective countries, as we consider the abolition of nuclear weapons to be a global public good of the highest order and an essential step to promote the security and well-being of all...

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Cynthia Cockburn to attend Voices of Refugee Women

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

We are so excited to announce that the amazing Cynthia Cockburn will be attending our 2017 Autumn Seminar Voices of Refugee Women. An Honorary Professor at the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick, and City University London, Cynthia is a UK WILPF member and is active in the international women’s peace movement. We are delighted to say that during the day Cynthia will be given a moment to say a few words about her wonderful new book, ‘Looking to London’. Remember, you can still get your tickets for our Seminar on our Eventbrite page here. You can find out more on the event’s Facebook page here, or on our website...

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WILPF International partner ICAN wins 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

We are delighted to say that The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. This comes after The Nuclear Ban Treaty was passed on 7th July and opened up to signatures 20th September earlier this year, a feat we worked alongside ICAN to achieve as part of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons. A huge win for disarmament campaigners around the world, Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said how she first thought the announcement was a prank. Fihn has said this “sends a message to all nuclear-armed states and all states that continue to rely on nuclear weapons for security that it is unacceptable behaviour … We can’t threaten to indiscriminately slaughter hundreds of thousands of civilians in the name of security. That’s not how you build security.” You can read ICAN’s full statement here. Well done...

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UK WILPF letter to Theresa May

Posted by on Sep 27, 2017 in Disarmament, Featured, News | 0 comments

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom UK Section 52-54 Featherstone Street London EC1Y 8RT                                    020 7250 1968 ukwilpf.peace@gmail.com | www.wilpf.org.uk Facebook.com/UKWILPF | Twitter @UKWILPF Consultative Status with: United Nations ECOSOC, UNCTAD and UNESCO Special Consultative Relations with: FAO, ILO and UNICEF     Rt Hon. Theresa May The Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA   Dear Theresa May,   Members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (UK WILPF) are very concerned about the situation in the Korean Peninsula.  The recent nuclear and missile tests by North Korea are a major threat to the future of the world.  It is essential that the responses from all involved countries are measured and diplomatic and we welcome the Foreign Secretary’s comment on 3rd September that “peaceful diplomatic means are the best,” and his continued support for diplomatic solutions WILPF is very disturbed, however, that President Trump has been threatening the use of force against North Korea.   We fear that any military response runs the risk of an accidental nuclear explosion.  There seems to be a lack of understanding in the White House of the humanitarian consequences of even the most limited detonation of a nuclear weapons, not just in the region but across the world and in the long term.  That is why WILPF supports the United Nations (UN) Treaty banning nuclear weapons which opened for UN nation states to sign on 20th September.  We urge the UK Government to join the fifty countries that signed the treaty on the first day. The very serious immediate situation demands all countries to take action to reduce tensions and tone down the rhetoric.  Perhaps because of our one hundred and two year experience, and our own International President, Kozue Akibayashi, who helped organise WomenCrossDMZ in 2015, highlighting the important role of women peace activists and helping to revive and renew peace and solidarity movements in the Korean Peninsula, UK WILPF has been asked by a member of the public to offer to mediate between North Korea and the USA. We would hope that the UK Government could influence the United States to understand that negotiation is the only way to end the tension and avoid conflict.  In particular we hope that as UK Prime Minister, you could use your special relationship to urge the US Government to use the auspices offered by the UN Secretary General to resume Six Party talks.  It is vital that you do all you can to persuade all parties to avoid any pre-emptive military strike. We are looking forward to receiving your reply to this letter.   Yours sincerely   Anne Scott, UKWILPF Executive  ...

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UK WILPF 2017 Autumn Seminar – Voices of Refugee Women

Posted by on Sep 24, 2017 in Events, Featured, News | 0 comments

Join us for UK WILPF’s 2017 Autumn Seminar, Voices of Refugee Women, at Salvation Army Hall, 70 Mare Street, London, E8 4RT on Saturday 25th November, 11am – 4pm.   Every year we hold a seminar in the Autumn which all UK WILPF members are invited to, as well as our friends from other organisations and anyone else interested in our work. The theme of this year’s Seminar is Voices of Refugee Women, and our aim is to raise awareness and show solidarity with refugee women. Throughout the day we will hear from refugee women themselves, women who work with them and hold group discussions and workshops. We will try to make the event sociable as well as educational. Tickets cost £10 and will include lunch and refreshments throughout the day. You can buy tickets here.    We are keen for our event to be inclusive, and so we are happy to provide help with expenses if you require this. The venue also has disabled access. Please contact ukwilpf.peace@gmail.com for more information. You can also find out more on our Facebook event page....

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