Join us in signing CND’s Citizen Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

We are signing CND’s Citizen Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We recognise the importance of the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty, but sadly our Government has refused to sign it. We stand by the CND in thinking that “in this absence of proper leadership on this vital question, we believe that it falls to the citizens of this country, themselves, to support the global nuclear ban treaty”. We thereby hope that you will join us in signing their treaty, to motivate our government to...

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Read our narrative report about our Autumn Seminar Voices of Refugee Women

Posted by on Dec 18, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

WILPF Narrative Final Report  Partner/ WILPF section: UK Name of project/ process: Voices of Refugee Women Period report covers: September– November 30 2017   Linkage to WILPF International Strategy This project promotes advocacy and builds a feminist space for women refugees to share their stories and will help to build a coalition that stands up for women. Publicity from the project enables the campaign to be at the heart of the debate on refugees in the UK   Context The plans for the Seminar followed many women requesting to hear refugee stories at our AGM in April 2017. We wanted to work in partnership with relevant groups and individuals to have a sincere event that would lead somewhere. The movement building opportunity was ideal for us to make a real impact. The stories told at the event were informative, harrowing and moving please see the attached notes from Helen Kay. We discussed the project at our Executive Meetings on 23 September and 4 November. From October onwards I (Paula Shaw) coordinated updates on the planning with the Executive Committee Members and the wonderful younger volunteers who were crucial to the success of the event- please see attached.   Overview on Activities Achieved  On 25 November we held the WILPF UK Autumn Seminar- please see attached programme. Over 80 people attended and all said it was successful- please see attached evaluation comments. We worked in partnership with organisations which support refugee women- contact was made with Praxis, Hackney Migrant Centre and many others. The All African Women’s Group provided 3 speakers. The Women for Refugee Women organisation provided 5 speakers for the event. Part of their organisation’s empowerment course is to enable women to “tell their story” in a meaningful way. The opportunity to tell their stories at our WILPF event complemented this. We were also able to show an excellent video created by Women for Refugee Women. The Network for Eritrean Women provided 2 speakers Voices of African Women, VoAW (UK WILPF’s own campaign) was represented by 2 speakers (one who travelled from a distance) and there was a VoAW meeting prior to the event, on November 3 which involved discussion on the seminar. We were also fortunate to have a speaker from Rainbow Families (based in Manchester). We organised a buffet lunch and had the ‘Raised Voices’ Choir singing songs about refugees which we all joined in with- see the attached songs- this created a lovely atmosphere. Our International Board representatives from UK WILPF, Maki Kimura and Marie-Lyse Numuhoza (job share) chaired the afternoon session which addressed how we can further support refugee women. They had a planning meeting in October to prepare for this- please see the...

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WILPF Member Rebecca Johnson speaks at Oslo weekend of the ICAN Nobel Prize Ceremony

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Our very own WILPF member Dr Rebecca Johnson spoke, on behalf at ICAN, at Oslo Central Station on Sunday at a torchlight procession to celebrate ICAN winning the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. You can read the speech in full below. Rebecca’s SPEECH FOR ICAN AT TORCHLIGHT PROCESSION, NOBEL PEACE PRIZE  Oslo Central Station, 10 December 2017   It’s wonderful to be in Oslo on this amazing day.  On behalf of ICAN I want to say thank you to all of you, from Norway and so many different countries, for joining us today to celebrate and march together, taking the ban treaty to the streets and everyone.   We are happy that ICAN has been honoured with this Nobel Peace Prize because it will help us do more.     This International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is not about a few individuals but about our global Movement that reawakened understanding of all the horrendous dangers and consequences of nuclear weapons.    We put Humanity first, and then worked with governments and diplomats to ban these inhumane, abhorrent weapons – the vital next step to take away whatever military, political or status value is attached to them.  So that all existing arsenals get eliminated.  Not modernised, but banned and eliminated.   This Nobel award is a celebration of all our hard work – citizens, activists, survivors, doctors, advocates, brave, scared, determined, thoughtful, inspirational people –  all over the world – who put banning nuclear weapons back on the agenda and brought as many governments as we could to the United Nations to negotiate a nuclear ban treaty.    The biggest Prize we’ve won is the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.  It is a strong and effective multilateral humanitarian disarmament agreement that clearly makes nuclear weapons illegal.  It requires their abolition and shows the pathways for states to join and eliminate existing arsenals and nuclear use doctrines.     Walking this route together, working inside and outside parliaments, unions, schools, banks, militaries and related businesses:  We call on all governments to sign and ratify.     We can bring this Nuclear Ban Treaty into legal force in a thousand days.  That is ICAN’s next goal – support us to achieve this.     It will no doubt take longer to bring the nuclear-armed states and their allies on board.  We have to do more now to engage the countries that think they must rely on nuclear weapons, and persuade them that joining this Treaty will bring better security for them, as well as the whole world.     Countries like Norway, that are in NATO. And Japan, also shivering under a nuclear umbrella, despite that Hiroshima and Nagasaki suffered so terribly from atomic bombs and despite...

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Our Own Shelia Triggs speaks at the Nobel Prize Die-In

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Our very own Shelia Triggs spoke at the Nobel Prize Die-In demo outside of the MOD on Saturday. The Nobel Peace Prize this year was awarded to ICAN, for its efforts in pushing the UN global nuclear ban treaty. Sadly, the UK refused to vote for the treaty, or sign up to it. So whilst Saturday was a happy day, and one that we should celebrate, it also reminds us how much more we have to do to achieve nuclear disarmament. You can see Shelia give her wonderful speech below. The full transcript of Shelia’s speech can be read below: I  am speaking today for WILPF, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.  Our 100 year old membership organisation is a vociferous supporter of nuclear abolition.  Right back to 1949 we passed a resolution asking the UN to “secure the prohibition” of atomic weapons and “the destruction of all existing stock” Civil Society has played a uniquely important role in the conferences, preparations and discussion and the finalizing the text of the Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, (TPNW) .  It would not have happened without us!  And we deserve the Nobel Peace Prize that has been awarded to ICAN  – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – of which our organisations are all engaged members!! WILPF at the International level has been particularly active through our role as a steering group member of ICAN.  WILPF has mobilised across the globe  – we are in all continents  and nearly 40 countries.  We have been advocates, including with governments, we have developed policy briefs and conducted research, and we have spoken out on media and social media. A strong delegation of well-informed campaigners including 4 Wilpfers travelled from Scotland to the negotiations in New York where history was made on 7 July when nuclear weapons were banned. And although it came as a surprise, it is absolutely fitting that the work of ICAN is tomorrow being recognised by the award of the Nobel Prize for Peace.  Thank you to the Nobel Prize Committee which has ‘got it right’ this year at least. At the UN 122 governments – the great majority of the UN, adopted the new treaty in July.  The Ban Treaty opened for signature on 20th September and already over 50 states have signed it.  This treaty bans possessing, testing, using, developing, or assisting with nuclear weapons. It also includes provisions for assisting victims of nuclear weapons use and testing, and environmental remediation. WILPF is particularly proud that this is the first treaty to recognise the disproportionate impact of nuclear weapons on indigenous people and on women. Women have a 50% higher risk of developing and dying...

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Join us at ‘No safe hands for unsafe weapons’.

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Events, Featured, News | 0 comments

Saturday 9th December we will be at the ‘No safe hands for unsafe weapons’ demo, hosted by the CND and Medacat, and you should join us!! This will take place outside of the MoD, in London, to coincide with the Nobel Ceremony weekend. The Nobel Peace Prize went to ICAN earlier this year, after international efforts to commence multilateral negotiations to ban nuclear weapons took a landmark turn this summer. This will be a great opportunity to therefore celebrate ICAN’s winning of the prize!! As part of this demo,  we will also hold a die-in to demonstrate the huge potential costs of nuclear weapons. The day’s itinerary will be as follows: Meet at 10.30 am outside the Main entrance at the Ministry of Defence in warm clothes. 11 am Ceremony with mock up of Nobel peace Prize 11.20-11.35 Speeches from Bruce Kent, Sheila Triggs and others 11.35 Letter is handed in 11.45-12.30 Die in – pretend to be dead – there will be others acting as doctors and nurses being dead too – showing impact of nuclear bomb. You can find out more at the Facebook event’s page or on the CND’s website. Hope to see you on the 9th!!...

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