... 1967 (45 years ago today), in Mexico, the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, known as the Treaty of Tlatelolco, was opened for signature. In it states pledged to keep the region free of nuclear weapons. Subsequently all 33 states in the region ratified the treaty, which has been described as "a trailblazer for nuclear non-proliferation" by no less an authority than the International Atomic Energy Agency.
... 2007 (5 years ago today), this blog was soft-launched by means of the following wee post, entitled IntLawGrrls' Heartfelt Hello:
(Prior February 14 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)
Our world is a jumble of peoples, a mix of culture and custom, a marketplace of markets as well as ideas. We come together in amazing ways, yet clash in ways that bring destruction and dismay. Women now have a hand in our world’s affairs: think Albright and Arbour, del Ponte and Higgins, Ginsburg and Rice. Yet our voices remain faint, in backrooms and in the blogosphere. IntLawGrrls – women who teach and work in international law, policy and practice – hope to change all that. We embrace foremothers' names to encourage crisp commentary, delivered at times with a dash of sass. We welcome replies, and we look forward to fresh dialogue on the matters of the day.
It's our world, after all.
In gestation beginning February 14, 2007
Due date March 3, 2007 – Grrls’ Day in Japan