Women in Black London’s vigils take place every Wednesday from 6-7pm at the Edith Cavell Statue, St Martin’s Lane, just above Trafalgar Square and opposite the National Portrait Gallery. We vigil in silence, preferably wearing black, calling for peace and justice, and against war and militarism, on a range of different themes related to war and armed conflict, the arms trade and violence against women in both war and peace.
Below you will find a list of some of our vigils planned for 2019. The dates may change, and more vigils will be added, and you can check the theme of the next week’s vigil by following @WiB_London, on FaceBook or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We started the year calling for the End of the Occupation – Israel/Palestine and will hold a vigil calling for peace with justice for Palestinians on the first Wednesday of each month. You can see our current leaflet here
On 6 March, with other London-based women’s groups we will celebrate International Women’s Day. On 22 May we will celebrate International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, and around 19 June, as part of Refugee Week, draw attention to rape and other forms of gender-based violence against women on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. Other vigils focussing on violence against women will be held during the 16 Days of Action between 26 November – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and 10 December, Human Rights Day.
We will hold recurring vigils will include End Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia (see 16 January), and on 10 April support the case brought by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade in their case against the government. On 17 April we will join other groups worldwide for the Global Day of Action against Military Spending, and campaign against the use of small arms in early May for the Global week of Action Against Gun Violence and on 9 July, Gun Destruction Day. Then as London’s biggest arms fair (DSEI) planned for September, draws nearer, we will hold repeated vigils calling for the end of the arms fair.
We will also hold vigils, starting in the last two weeks of March, calling for an end to the manfufacture and deployment of nuclear weapons, and urging the UK government to sign the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons and to cancel the Trident programme. We will come back to this theme several times, including on 7 August, Hiroshima Day, and on 25 September, in advance of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons on 26 September, during Disarmament Week.