WAND was established in 1982 with the name as Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament. This name was changed to Women’s Action for New Directions after the end of the cold war. It is actively involved in dedicating its energies for influencing federal budget priorities to human needs and away from the military. WAND seeks to promote the alternatives to violence and militarism for devising solution to conflict. It encourages the shift from a military to a civilian-based economy that addresses the threats to real security and ensures that economic, environmental and human needs are fulfilled. It actively takes up measures to clean environmental effects of nuclear weapons production and toxic waste to prevent contamination. It is focussed on eliminating the production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction. It prevents violence against women and increases the political leadership of women for fulfilling WAND’s goals.
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) has more than 10,000 people nationwide as its members and supporters who take part in actions and provide financially and philosophically support. It includes the local groups of energetic and concerned women who got together for spreading WAND’s message to local communities. It includes WiLL (Women Legislators’ Lobby) that makes up one third of all women state legislators from 50 states and thus representing tens of millions of constituents. WiLL acts as a nonpartisan national network that influences budget priorities and federal policy.
WAND has initiated a special project that seeks to enable women of faith to actively participate in political dialogue, take required action, and aware of violence and militarism in the society. The WAND Education Fund produces educational materials for media, elected leaders and training individuals. WAND Partners refer to the group of Organizations linked with WAND for advancing progressive public policies for meeting the human and environmental needs instead of spending on military.