Rebecca Johnson, who was brought up in Shoreham and recently moved back to Hove, is the founding Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. She will be going to Oslo for the Nobel award ceremony in December.
What did ICAN do to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize?
ICAN built a new kind of international humanitarian disarmament movement with grassroots activists and over 460 organisations in 100 countries, and the Nobel Committee commended us for our innovative campaign to ban nuclear weapons.
What was your best day?
The most amazing day was 7 July 2017, when 122 UN Member States adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. ICAN's final speaker was Setsuko Thurlow, 85-year old Japanese survivor of the nuclear bomb that incinerated Hiroshima. After her testimony she thanked the diplomats for banning nuclear weapons at last, all the UN delegates stood and applauded as Setsuko and I hugged each other.
Who do you hold in awe?
From Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp to now, I am still in awe of how feminist nonviolent activism can change the world.
How can other people help?
Please ask your MPs to sign ICAN's Parliamentary Pledge and press the government to sign the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty and stop wasting our resources on deploying Trident or any other inhumane weapons.
Thanks for sharing your story, Rebecca, we hope people are inspired and that they realise that one person really can make a difference.