Nuclear Weapons banned!

While unable to meet in person we remain in solidarity at a distance Women in Black are everywhere, working against militarism and war.

From 22 January new UN Treaty Bans Nuclear Weapons
 The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will become international law on 22 January 2021.  Nuclear weapons will be banned in the 51 countries which have signed thetreaty. This has been achieved by the grassroots work of campaigners around the world who have raised awareness, lobbied, acted to urge their governments to negotiate, sign and ratify the Treaty.  This includes the work of Women in Black and Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, networking with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
As well as banning the activities and practices that enable nuclear weapons use, deployments and proliferation, the UN Treaty provides two legal pathways by which nations holding nuclear weapons, such as the UK, can eliminate their arsenals.  From 2021 onwards, TPNW states parties  will now work on establishing the strong legal framework to build adaptable verification systems and oversee nuclear disarmament compliance and implementation.  

We need to keep going…
The UK Government has refused to participate in the multilateral Treaty negotiations and still wants to waste billions of pounds to keep possessing, upgrading and threatening to use nuclear weapons.  Find out more about the Treaty from ICAN  
Support the CND petition to urge our government to sign and ratify the TPNW and commit to cancelling the replacement of Trident, Britain’s nuclear weapons system
Join the CND on-line lobby of MPs, 11—22 January
Celebrate on 22 January…post this flyer in your window/ring bells/tell your friends and family, share this on FB/Twitter/write letters to your local paper.  The Ban is Real.

A briefing on the Treaty and the UK, produced by Rebecca Johnson, London WiB and Acronym Institute
is available here

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