Ray Acheson

Programme Director

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

Ray (@achesonray) is the Director of Reaching Critical Will, the disarmament programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). WILPF is the world’s oldest women’s peace organisation, founded in 1915 with the goal of challenging militarism, patriarchy, and capitalism as the roots of war and violence. Ray leads WILPF’s work advocating for disarmament. She monitors international discussions and negotiations on arms control, disarmament, and non-proliferation and promotes a feminist perspective about weapons and war through her writing and speaking.

Ray represents WILPF on the International Steering Group of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017. She was involved in developing ICAN’s strategy and advocacy for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons and participated actively as a civil society advocate and analyst during the negotiations of the Treaty. She also represents WILPF in the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and the International Network on Explosive Weapons.

She 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, where among other things she studied the power of nonviolent social movements.