WILPF UK held its annual Autumn Seminar on 24 November, under the theme of “TPNW the Need for the UK and Other Nuclear Armed-States to Sign, How and Why.” During the event there were a number of presentations, followed by a workshop on how to conduct advocacy with parliamentarians and diplomats. Hayley Ramsay-Jones of SGI delivered a presentation titled “Gender, Race, Class and Nuclear Weapons: The Need for an Intersectional Approach.”
In her presentation, Ramsay-Jones stressed that being aware of gender, race, class and other factors, how they are embedded throughout the discourse and politics of nuclear weapons, helps to confront the traditionally constructed meanings of and redefine terms such as “strength” and “security,” so that they more appropriately reflect the needs of all people.
The presentation emphasized that such an intersectional approach helps people to view the struggle for nuclear disarmament as an opportunity to address social injustice, and underscored the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in nuclear disarmament processes. Ramsay-Jones further added: “But crucially, taking an intersectional approach to the work that we are doing, will make us better advocates for peace, justice and disarmament. It important that those of us working in peace and disarmament work in a way that promotes peace and disarmament.”