On 22 January, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) comes into force!
WILPF is raising its voice through celebrations initiated across three Branches and more. Join one of the events to help mark this momentous occasion.
WILPF Australia – 22 January, 10am AEDT Sydney – online
Celebrate a Nuclear Weapons Free Future.
Entry into force of the Treaty will happen in a wave around the world. WILPF Australia will present one of the earliest welcomes: a free webinar features Aunty Sue Haseldine-Coleman and some of Australia’s leading ICAN and other anti-nuclear voices, plus WILPF New York’s Ray Acheson. Download the flyer. Click here to RSVP.
This event is initiated by WILPF Qld and WILPF’s national campaign, Cities and Towns in Support of a Total Nuclear Weapon Ban being undertaken with ICAN.
Hobart – 22 January
Lord Mayor event
In Hobart, WILPF Tasmania members will join with the Lord Mayor, MAPW, Quakers and others to celebrate bringing into force the nuclear ban. By special invitation from the Lord Mayor of Hobart.
Ballarat – 22 January – 1pm AEDT – online
Let’s Talk Peace, Ballarat.
Focused on honouring the importance of personal and universal peace, this online forum will include Guest Speaker Prof Tilman Ruff AO, and a personal reflection from Indigenous Elder Al Harris whose past family members were impacted by the Maralinga nuclear tests. The event will also recognise the 100th year since WILPF was established in Victoria and Australia.
The event is hosted by ICAN, Compassionate Ballarat, and WILPF thanks to the enthusiasm of one Ballarat-based WILPF member. Download the flyer. Click here to join the Forum. (There is no need to register).
Canberra – 23 January – 11am
Nuclear Weapons: Banned!
Join MAPW, WILPF ACT and ICAN Australia for this event in person at the Canberra Rotary Peace Bell, Nara Peace Park, Ngunnawal country, to mark entry into force. Speakers include His Excellency Ambassador Armando Vargas-Araya, Ambassador of Costa Rica. Download the flyer. To RSVP, email WILPF.ACT@wilpf.org.au.
Anti-nuclear: a role for WILPF to be proud of, and next steps
WILPF has been involved in consistent anti-nuclear organising and advocacy since the dawn of the nuclear age, with staff, sections and members contributing from around the globe.
To help understand the “nuclear ban”, WiLPF’s role in the treaty process and what needs to happen next, Ray Acheson and team have developed The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty: A resource guide for WILPF. Dip into it for excellent insights into the relationship between gender and nuclear weapons.
Thank you for being a part of this historic change! Wherever you are on the 22 January, we’ll all be together in spirit and solidarity.