March to Ban the Bomb

May 21, 2017

Banning nuclear weapons isn’t just about conference rooms and documents.

It’s also about taking action and connecting with the public – which is why we are hitting the streets of New York City to make some noise and demand a world free of nuclear weapons!

The Women’s March to Ban the Bomb will happen on Saturday 17 June. This is led by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), with the close support of women from other organisations that are well-known in the peace, disarmament, and broader social justice communities. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations, and backgrounds to call for a strong treaty and highlight the importance of women in disarmament.

The route will cut across the city from Bryant Park and end with a rally on the steps of the United Nations, featuring a line-up of progressive and dynamic female speakers – and the handover of a petition to the president of the nuclear ban treaty negotiations to make sure that our message is heard loud and clear by decision makers.

This is not the first time that such an event has happened. Thirty-five years ago, in June 1982, a million-person march and demonstration opposed to nuclear arms overwhelmed Central Park and midtown Manhattan, filling the streets and groves with echoing songs and hopeful slogans. Other marches followed and as recently as 2015, thousands came out again.

Here’s how you can get involved:

If you’re in New York, join the march! All the information about the logistics can be found on our website:www.womenbanthebomb.org. Be sure to register through our Facebook event page. Bring your posters, bring your friends!

If you’re not in New York, organise a solidarity event. WILPF has developed a resource guide to help, in English and French, with Spanish to come. Be sure to check the map and see if there is already an event planned in your city. If not, please register your event. We’re happy to take your questions, and will be issuing further resources such as a template press release and graphics, over the coming weeks.

Promote the event! Through email, FacebookTwitter and Instagram, help create buzz by sharing our graphics and videos.

- Relevant hashtags include #nuclearban and #womenbanthebomb

- Look for @wmbtb on Instagram or @WMTBTB

Become an official sponsor, partner or endorser. WILPF is always welcoming new collaborations and can promote your work in return. Learn more here.



  • aiweiwei

    “Let’s act up! Ban nuclear weapons completely and unconditionally.”

    Ai Weiwei Artist and activist

  • sheen

    “If Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr were alive today, they would be part of ICAN.”

    Martin Sheen Actor and activist

  • bankimoon

    “I salute ICAN for working with such commitment and creativity.”

    Ban Ki-moon Former UN chief

  • yokoono

    “We can do it together. With your help, our voice will be made still stronger. Imagine peace.”

    Yoko Ono Artist

  • jodywilliams

    “Governments say a nuclear weapons ban is unlikely. Don’t believe it. They said the same about a mine ban treaty.”

    Jody Williams Nobel laureate

  • desmondtutu

    “With your support, we can take ICAN its full distance – all the way to zero nuclear weapons.”

    Desmond Tutu Nobel laureate

  • herbiehancock

    “Because I cannot tolerate these appalling weapons, I whole-heartedly support ICAN.”

    Herbie Hancock Jazz musician

  • dalailama

    “I can imagine a world without nuclear weapons, and I support ICAN.”

    Dalai Lama Nobel laureate