Say goodbye nukes during Nuclear Abolition Week: July 6-13
Nuclear Abolition Week kicks off July 6, 2013 in order to create awareness about the cruelty of nuclear weapons and generate the political will necessary for a ban treaty. Nuclear weapons are unique in their level of indiscriminate destruction. The detonation of just one nuclear weapon can cause catastrophic harm with after effects lingering for decades.
Today nine countries possess these weapons creating a world supply of about 17,000 nuclear weapons; 2,000 of which are on active stand-by ready to be launched within minutes. The existence of these weapons creates huge security concerns for those countries not possessing them. The only way to truly ensure nonproliferation of these weapons is to eliminate their use and existence.
Rebecca Johnson, Co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, spoke to the Nobel Women’s Initiative recently in Belfast about working through a feminist lens for nonviolent change and nuclear abolition.