Global Days of Action on Military Spending

gdamsThe Global Days of Action on Military Spending began on 5 April 2016 with the release of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)'s annual figures on global military expenditure. GDAMS continued until 18 April 2016, which is "Tax Day" in the USA, a traditional moment in the calendar for civil society to challenge the uses put to public money. During GDAMS, WILPF particilated in a UN experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapon systems, working as part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots to prevent the development of weapons that target and attack without meaningful human control and the diversion of ever more resources towards technologies of violence. We also issued materials highlighting the intersections of militarism, capitalism, racism, and patriarchy. Blogs published include:

In addition, on 12 April, WILPF hosted a webinar giving a preview of a new report related to preventing gender-based violence through the implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty and other arms control instruments. Stopping arms transfers and preventing armed violence and armed conflict are critical to challenging excessive military spending and militarist cultures.