#DisarmThePatriarchy: Women Speak Out on Peace, Security and Nuclear War

Women who work in national security and peace movements recently came together for a #DisarmThePatriarchy chat to break down and discuss issues spanning from nuclear war to the unique perspectives women bring to peace-making tables.

Hosted by Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), a national organization mobilizing women in the fight against nuclear arms, participants included Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and Abigail Stowe-Thurston, their Program Assistant for Nuclear Weapons Policy and Pentagon Spending; Meredith Horowski, Global Zero Campaign Director; Erica Fein, Advocacy Director at Win Without War; Allison, who works with Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Reaching Critical Will disarment program; and Erin Connolly, Program Assistant at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation.

The participants answered six questions over the course of the conversations. We’ve rounded up their responses below.

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#1: What’s the deal with nuclear weapons? How many exist and just how destructive are they?

#2: And all that power is in the hands of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un?! 

Question Three: Why #DisarmThePatriarchy? Why women?

#4: What does intersectional nuclear justice look like?

#5: How do we #DisarmThePatriarchy?

#6: Who inspires you?

You can read the full chat (including introductions and post-chat) on the WAND blog.

Kristina Romines is the Field Director of Women’s Action for New Directions. For over three decades, WAND has worked to empower women to be agents of change for nuclear disarmament and champions for diplomacy over war.

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