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First day without Beatrice Fihn at the office

June 30, 2014
Picture of WILPF’s Disarmament team. From left; Mia Gandenberger, Beatrice Fihn, Joy Ada Onyesoh of WILPF Nigeria, Gabriella Irsten and Ray Acheson.

WILPF’s Disarmament team present at the conference in Mexico. From left; Mia Gandenberger, Beatrice Fihn, Joy Ada Onyesoh of WILPF Nigeria, Gabriella Irsten and Ray Acheson.

Today is the first day in the office without Beatrice Fihn. Many of you will have been avid followers of Reaching Critical Will and their amazing work on all things military; from the nuclear weapons to killer robots, explosive weapons, small arms…you name it, if it can kill you they have been on it.

For the past four years, Beatrice has been the Geneva face and voice, of all of this: indefatigable in the Conference on Disarmament, greatly respected by diplomats even when she was telling them off, always creative and thoughtful as to building RCW as part of WILPF and not being satisfied with the status quo.

She has left us for a good reason: to run the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. She has been WILPF’s liaison to them for long enough for them to realize how indispensible she is so they have now formalized her. You can’t blame them.

So off you go, Bea! Be brilliant, thank you from all of us for the amazing work over the years. You will be missed, but you will be close, and you are forever a WILPF member so you can never really escape us!!

Best wishes,

Madeleine (and all the staff)

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