[Postponed due to Covid-19. Rescheduled for 2025 for the 80th Anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki].
Nuclear weapons use and testing has a disproportionate affect on women and girls. Women and girls are biologically more susceptible to the harmful effects of ionising radiation and negative consequences including psychological health, displacement, social stigma and discrimination (UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons).
The title comes from the 1980’s anti-nuclear protest song ‘Breathing’ by Kate Bush, in which an unborn child pleads to be left something to breathe. Through this body of work we draw attention to the unborn child of the future. By remembering Hiroshima and thousands suffering life-changing effects of radiation sickness, it is an urgent appeal to protect human and animal life, our environment, and the air that we breathe.
Nine countries possess 15,000 nuclear weapons ready to launch within minutes (ICAN).
In March 2021 the UK planned to increase, not decrease, its stockpile of nuclear weapons.