Why Women?

International Congress of Women, Women’s Peace Congress, The Hague,1915, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The evidence is clear. Women are key to national and global security. When women are meaningfully involved in peace processes, it is more likely that peace lasts. Empowered women create communities that are more just, prosperous, and safe. We know that having women involved at every level of decision-making is strategic—and yet, when it comes to nuclear weapons, women are rarely included at the table where political and security decisions are made.

Beatrice Fihn, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2017, at Munich Security Conference

Pioneers like Nobel laureate Beatrice Fihn, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez of Costa Rica have led the push for domestic and international policy change.Their successes will be followed by those of other women, but change needs the support of other women who advocate for change—women like you.

Women's March 2018, Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), Disarm the Patriarchy

As you've learned from this handbook, the risks that nuclear weapons pose to global peace are monumental. Nuclear weapons themselves as well as the policies that exist around them are dangerous to our society and to our world. It has never been more important to learn more and demand change—and women are leading the charge.

Women's March 2018, Washington, DC, Women's Action for New Directions (WAND), Disarm the Patriarchy

What will you do to make the world safer?

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