Race and intersectionality in disarmament

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and Soka Gakkai International are convening the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum in 2020 and 2021 on the topic of race and intersectionality. This marks the first time the Forum–held annually since 2021–has been held entirely online and, for the first time, focused on diversity—particularly race—and how to be more intersectional in working to advance humanitarian disarmament.

When this topic was proposed for the Forum at the beginning of 2020, the world looked very different. The Covid-19 pandemic had not yet emerged. The Black Lives Matter movement had existed for several years, but the large-scale global awareness and discussion of systemic, institutional and individual racism that occurred following the murder of George Floyd had not yet taken place.

Through three major segments, the 2020-2021 Forum has sought introduce the theme of structural racism and intersectionality to the humanitarian disarmament community and consider how it manifests in our work and impacts us personally. The first part consisted of a meeting held via Zoom on 19-21 October 2020 and attended by 115 activists from 40 countries. Participants who identify along racial lines have participated in affinity group discussions to discuss sensitive and challenging topics, including personal experiences of racism, advantages or disadvantages faced because of one’s identity(ies).

The October event launched a guided self-learning journey that has comprised the second part of the Humanitarian Disarmament Forum, while the third and final segment–a virtual meeting–is scheduled for 3 November 2021.

For more information, see:

Website of the 2020-2021 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum

Report on Activities: Part One of the 2020-2021 Humanitarian Disarmament Forum

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