Georgia WAND

Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a grassroots, woman-led, community-based organization  that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for change. Georgia WAND was established in 1984 and has been at the forefront of finding ways for women in communities that have previously been outside of each other’s sphere of activism to work together on projects that affect us all.

At our core, we see women as the agents of social change, at home, in the classroom, in the boardrooms, and in all levels of government. Our mission is to empower women (and men) to act politically to reduce militarism and violence and to redirect excessive military spending towards unmet human and environmental needs.

Georgia WAND is a local affiliate of Women's Action for New Directions, a national organization of more than 10,000 people who receive educational information, take part in actions, and support WAND's work both financially and philosophically. We're concerned with changing the core values at the heart of decisions about resources and priorities. This unites us. We're activists, legislators, students; all ages, all races, all creeds; we're women and men.

Georgia WAND’s entire program focus is devoted to progressive social change.  Our chapter is well positioned because of our coalition building work in Georgia’s political epicenter, which has the largest concentration of progressive activists and voters in the southeast. We have strong alliances with, and the respect of, civil rights leaders, labor leaders, students, people of faith, health advocates, environmental justice advocates, and others. We have a diverse board of directors, an accomplished and dedicated advisory board, and an active membership base. Our collaborative programs are designed for sustainable change, capacity building in communities and engagement in co-designed initiatives.

Our Mission:

WAND empowers women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism, and redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs.Our History:
WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the cold war, we became Women's Action for New Directions, and have been dedicating our energies toward educating the public about federal budget priorities and the threat of nuclear proliferation and waste.

Our Goals are to:

  • Challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict.
  • Shift from a military to a civilian-based economy to address the threats to our real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
  • Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
  • Eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Prevent violence against women.
  • Increase women's political leadership to further WAND's goals.
  • Stand for nuclear non-proliferation and against the development of new nuclear weapons.
  • Works towards a carbon free and nuclear free US energy policy

Empowering Women to Act Politically:

  • Women have had the vote since 1920, but as of 2003 only 2% of all U.S. Senators and Representatives ever elected in the history of Congress have been women.
  • Women start the majority of new businesses
  • Women-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy
  • Women make about 80% of consumer decisions
  • Women are the single largest group of health care consumers
  • Women make the health care decisions in 3 out of 4 U.S. households
  • Women are the primary caregivers in American society
  • Women are the majority of voters
  • Women are more than half of the population in the United States, So Why Aren’t Women Making at Least Half of the Decisions?


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Address
250 Georgia Avenue, Suite 202
Atlanta, GA United States 30312
Fulton County
Website  georgiawand.org

Contacts
Dianne Valentin