Campaigner, The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) |
Vanessa Griffen was born in Suva, Fiji. She became aware of the environmental and genetic impacts of radioactivity from French nuclear weapons testing in French Polynesia as a student at the University of the South Pacific.
She joined the anti-nuclear movement ATOM (Against Testing on Mururoa) and helped form the early Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific network. Concurrently and was part of the Pacific women’s movement which was always against nuclear weapons testing and for a peaceful Pacific.
Vanessa joined ICAN via FemLINK Pacific, attended the Mexico and Vienna conferences and encourages Pacific states in the UN to use the Pacific’s nuclear history to work for a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.
In regards to this, she was part of the ICAN international lobbying team for the treaty negotiations and present when the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted on July 7th. 2017. Nine Pacific states have voted for adoption and six have signed.