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WAND's Work on Nuclear Weapons

Women's Action for New Directions began as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament in 1982. With the end of the Cold War we expanded our mission to include the federal budget and a redirection of priorities away from the military and toward human needs. Although WAND has broadened its mission, we have never stopped working towards nuclear disarmament.

Recent Work

Click here for our latest work on nuclear weapons.

For recent information and fact sheets check out our resources here.

Check out our past work on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, take a look at our nuclear weapons guide, Can We Clear The Nuclear Shadow, and check out our latest fact sheet: Towards Ending the Nuclear Weapons Threat.

To learn more about how to get involved in our nuclear disarmament efforts, please visit the WAND Action Center. Use the button on the left to be re-routed to the WAND Action Center.


International Day Against Nuclear Testing

September 2, 2011

By Annie Jennings, WAND Nuclear Security Research Fellow In 2009, August 29th was declared the International Day Against Nuclear Testing. This year, August 29th also marks the 20th anniversary of the shutdown of the former Soviet Union’s largest and most destructive nuclear weapons test site in Kazakhstan. Over its 40 year history, the Semipalatinsk site [...]

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July 16th: The anniversary of the first nuclear test and an op ed asking for action

Saturday, July 16 marks the 66th anniversary of the first nuclear weapons test explosion. The United States’ test, code-named “Trinity,” was exploded in the desert of New Mexico and ignited the nuclear age.  Nuclear testing has fueled the arms race, enabling varied and ever more deadly nuclear arsenals to grow. Along the way, nuclear testing [...]

Women Leaders on Next Steps to Reduce Nuclear Threat

The Arms Control Association hosted their annual meeting on Tuesday, May 10th 2011. The theme of this year’s event was “Reducing the Nuclear Danger: Next Steps on the Test Ban Treaty and Nuclear Arms Reductions.” Ellen Tauscher, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security was one of the guest speakers. You can hear [...]

Commemorating President Obama’s Landmark Prague Speech

Two years ago, President Obama delivered a landmark speech in Prague, Czech Republic.  The Prague Agenda, delivered on April 5, 2009 outlined the steps needed to move toward a safer world, one without nuclear weapons. “So today, I state clearly and with conviction America’s commitment to seek the peace and security of a world [...]

WAND’s thoughts on the disaster in Japan

WAND is looking at the disaster in Japan with both heartbreak and  nerve-wracking worry. Days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami, the crises are continuing to mount. Of particular concern are the nuclear reactor explosions, fires and radioactive releases, all coming on top of earthquake aftershocks. Our hearts go out to the Japanese people in their desperate [...]


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