It has now been 100 years since women in the UK got the vote. Yesterday marked the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, thus allowing some women over 30 to vote.
We at UK WILPF pay tribute to these wonderful, dangerous women who fought for our rights to practice as full citizens. We must not, however, be complacent. Feminism is still needed, and the gendered impact of war, human rights violations and the arms trade must not be underestimated. As the oldest active, feminist peace organisation in the world, we are proud to be highlighting these, and the detriments of war upon women.
The nuclear issue is a profoundly gendered one too, and this is why we support the Global Ban Treaty. Watch this great video, created by The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, explaining why gender matters in this debate here.