Ray Acheson

Disarmament Programme Director

Region(s): Global
Country of focus: United States
Based in New York


Current Occupation: Disarmament Programme Director
Organization/Institution: Reaching Critical Will
Language: English


ICJ’s Order to Prevent Genocide Applies to the Governments Arming Israel, Too Counterpunch Jan 28, 2024

Stop Arming Israel Counterpunch Nov 19, 2023

Editorial: We Must End Violence to End Violence First Committee Monitor Oct 14, 2023

Unthinkable Rhetoric: Nuclear Weapons and the Ukraine War CounterPunch Jun 16, 2022

Reviving Hopes for Nuclear Disarmament book review in Arms Control Today Nov 2021

How Feminists, Survivors, and Non-Nuclear States Banned the Bomb The National Interest Aug 9, 2021

Peace research perspectives on NATO 2030 NATO Watch report contribution Feb 2 2021

Nuclear Weapons Have Always Been Immoral. Now They’re Illegal. The Nation Oct 27 2020

The unsustainability of hypocrisy Pressenza International Press Agency Nov 8 2020

Ray Acheson (@achesonray) is Director of Reaching Critical Will (@RCW_ ), the disarmament program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.  @WILPF is the world’s oldest women’s peace organization. It was founded in 1915 with the goal of challenging militarism, patriarchy, and capitalism as the roots of war and violence.

Ray leads disarmament advocacy, monitors international discussions and negotiations on arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation and promotes a feminist perspective about weapons and war. Ray uses the pronouns they/them.

Ray is the author of Banning the Bomb, Smashing the Patriarchy, the inside story of the antinuclear movement and its success.  Published in 2021. From scrappy organizing to winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 and achieving a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons, the book is a chronicle of the journey of ICAN, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons  (@nuclearban), and developments in feminist disarmament activism. Ray’s book Abolishing State Violence,  A World Beyond Bombs, Borders, and Cages, was published in 2022.

Representative of WILPF  on ICAN’s International Steering Group, Ray was involved in developing ICAN’s strategy and advocacy for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, was an active civil society advocate and analyst during Treaty negotiations and continues to campaign for more countries to sign on. The Treaty entered into force in January 2021. Ray also represents WILPF in the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots @BanKillerRobots and the International Network on Explosive Weapons.

Ray has an Honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto and an MA in Politics from The New School for Social Research.