Feminist Leadership in Disarmament

Webinar 1: ‘Feminist Leadership in Disarmament’

Our opening ‘kick-off’ webinar, “Feminist Leadership in Development”, offers a thorough introduction to women and feminist perspectives in disarmament and peace-building, highlighting critical contributions that leading women figures have made. This webinar will touch on thematic topics that will be further elaborated on in our coming webinars. We have invited panelists to speak about, for example, their experiences in entering and/or working in the field, their role in promoting, negotiating or implementing key treaties or movements, and their insight into the importance of enhancing women and feminist perspectives in global disarmament and peace-building discourses.

We are excited to be hosting leading female figures from the disarmament field each of whom will deliver a presentation. There will also be a chance for the audience to ask questions to the panelists.

17th February 2021 @ 14:00GMT


Charlene Roopnarine

International Relations Officer at the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago; Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations

Charlene Roopnarine’s portfolio includes, inter alia, issues related to disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control and women, peace and security. For six years, Ms Roopnarine was the facilitator of Resolution 65/69, the only General Assembly resolution to address the issue of women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control, pioneered by Trinidad and Tobago. Ms Roopnarine has also been actively involved in the process leading up to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and in negotiating process of the Arms Trade Treaty. Ms Roopnarine remains active with United Nations entities and NGOs advocating for the meaningful participation of women in decision-making processes regarding peace and security.

Christine Ahn

Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Cross DMZ; Co-founder of the Korea Peace Network

Christine Ahn is the founder of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women striving to end the Korean War, reunite families and ensure women’s leadership in peacebuilding. Ms Ahn is also the co-founder of the Korea Peace Network and in 2015 she led 30 international women peacemakers across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea. Her opeds have been in The New York Times, Washington Post, and TIME, and she has appeared on the CNN, Democracy Now!, MSNBC, NBC Today Show, and the Samantha Bee show. She is the recipient of the 2020 US Peace Prize.

Folade Mutota

Executive Director of the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development (WINAD), based in Trinidad and Tobago; Coordinator of the Caribbean Coalition for Development and the Reduction of Armed Violence (CDRAV)

Folade Mutota jointly-founded and is the current Executive Director of WINAD, which is headquartered in Trinidad and Tobago. WINAD’s pioneering work on gender, peace and security in the Caribbean is recognised regionally and internationally due to its innovative approach to alliance building with CARICOM governments and NGOs for collaborative planning and action. Folade is also Coordinator of CDRAV- advocating to reduce and prevent the illicit proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons. CDRAV championed the negotiation of a robust Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in 2013. Folade brings her womanist perspective to her work on security and small arms control along with her advocacy skills developed over a lifetime of community engagement, social policy development, research, and leading change.

Ray Acheson

Director of Reaching Critical Will (RCW): Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Ray Acheson (they/she) is the director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. RCW embraces and addresses nuclear disarmament issues, as well broader issues related to the international arms trade and negotiations for the arms trade treaty. Ray Acheson is also a steering group representative of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. “Feminist perspectives on weapons and war are essential to understanding why militarism is so prominent in international relations—and to forging new paths for peace and nonviolence.”

Rebecca E. Johnson

Founder and Director of Acronym Institute for Disarmament and Diplomacy; The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Dr Rebecca E. Johnson is an ecofeminist peace activist and organiser, from Greenham Common to ICAN and XR Peace. Dr Johnson is also the Executive Director of Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy (www.acronym.org.uk). Her 35 years of publications span women's nonviolent opposition to patriarchal violence, nuclear colonialism, humanitarian disarmament and diplomacy, including NPT meetings, INF Treaty, CTBT negotiations, verification, nuclear ban process and TPNW. On behalf of Acronym, Dr Johnson also collaborates with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Medact and Article 36 in managing ICAN-UK, most recently launching “Nukes of Hazard” campaign to raise awareness of the safety and security risks of Britain’s nuclear convoys.