Seventy-two years after the first and only use of nuclear weapons  – when atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki –  nuclear weapons have been banned through the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Recognising the catastrophic consequences of nuclear weaponry, the 2017 UN treaty – when it […]

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaksi: calling on UK to sign Nuclear ...

For our first Wednesday vigil, we expressed our concerns at recent events in Israel, including the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, the continued settlement and wall-building in the Occupied West Bank, and Israel’s new ‘nation-state law’ which demotes Arabic from its status as a national language alongside Hebrew, and defines Israel unequivocally as a […]

A just settlement for Palestinians looks even further away

In July we are holding three vigils calling on the UK to end the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia, which are being used in the continuing war in Yemen, where more than 16,000 civilains have been killed. We also urged people to support the Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) in their legal appeal […]

Stop UK Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

4 July 2018. Another regular first Wednesday vigil calling for an end to the continuing occupation of Palestine. We’re also specifically calling on the UK government to end their military and moral support for the state of Israel: the UK buys Israeli armed drones and sells Israel componenents for F16 fighter aircraft used to attack […]

Palestine: UK – End arms deals with Israel

For our last vigil this month, we again called on the UK goverment to sign the Nuclear Weapons Treaty. In addition , we called on our government to cancel the Trident nuclear weapons programme, including the building of new submarines. We also highlighted the appalling humanitarian, environmental and health impacts of nuclear weapons and radiation, which […]

Sign the Nuclear Weapons Treaty – Eliminate the Arsenals

This week’s vigil , Women in Black and members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) focused on refugees, and in particular on how our government fails to provide adequate  refue or support. Co-incidentally, UN Refugee Week includes the international day for the Elimination of Sexual Volence in Conflict – one of […]

Refugee Week: Refugee Women

Women in Black is an international movement that was founded in Israel in 1988. Prompted by the first Palestinian intifada, a group of women, Israeli Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel, stood together to call for an end to the Occupation of Palestinian lands. The first Wednesday of every month we still vigil for this […]

Palestine: End the Occupation

In 2017 the UN adopted the long-awaited Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It was adopted by 122 UN member states, but not the UK. Already 58 governments have signed and nine have ratified, so the Treaty is well on the way to entering into force. In 2017, ICAN (nternational Campaign to Abolish Nuclear […]

UK Government – Sign the Nuclear Weapons Treaty

24 May is International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. This week’s vigil highlights what women around the world, from Israel to Korea, are doing for peace and against war.  At the same time, Rebecca Johnson, a London Women in Black and founding President of ICAN, is in South Korea, as part of the Women […]

International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament

Welcome to London Women in Black’s blog. We hold silent vigils every Wednesday in the centre of London.  Our message is simple: Women in Black oppose war, violence and militarism; we stand for peace, with justice. Click on each week’s box to find out more, and read the leaflets we give out to the public. […]

London Women in Black – Weekly Vigils