2014 Disarmament

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

WILPF advocates for full and complete disarmament recently through a variety of initiatives led by our Reaching Critical Will disarmament program. This includes campaigns to ban killer robots, ban nuclear weapons, keep space for peace, and promote gender diversity in disarmament discussions.

WILPF’s disarmament program, Reaching Critical Will (RCW) works to promote and facilitate engagement of non-governmental actors in UN processes related to disarmament.

Read more on the Reaching Critical Will website here.



Disarmament is an issue which is fragmented and addressed in a variety of entities at the United Nations. It also faces particular obstacles to being addressed through a gender lens or with regards to women’s lives, experiences, and rights. Weapons and armed conflict have different effects on different members of society. Women, often viewed as a vulnerable population, tend to be targets for such violence, particularly during armed conflict. They are also frequently excluded from participating in crafting political solutions, which could address their particular risks. It was not until recently when the relationship between arms and gender-based violence was addressed.

WILPF’s Reaching Critical Will program is engaged in a variety of initiatives - including action to implement the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and a campaign to ban nuclear weapons - to leverage these disarmament bodies for greater action and peace.

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