EnglishCynthia Cockburn talks how the group Women in Black was formed in 1993. She comments on how the name transcends the divides of ethnicity, religion and territory that are central to most conflicts.
Women in BlackWomen in Black is a worldwide network of women ‘committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence’. There are Women in Black regional groups across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Each group holds a vigil once a week at which a number of women dressed in black stand in silence in a public venue to raise awareness of a current conflict or military campaign.
Why do you think the Women in Black vigils are held in silence?
Do you think women can share a common experience that can transcend boundaries created by conflict? Can you think of any examples?
Israeli left-wing activists from the 'Women in Black' movement photograph © AFP / Getty Images
Activists of the anti-war organization 'Women in Black' in Belgrade photograph © AFP / Getty Images
Members of the 'Women in Black' association from Serbia photograph © AFP / Getty Images
- Cynthia Cockburn discusses Women in Black
- 13 - 14 January 2012
- Cynthia Cockburn
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- Sisterhood and After: The Women's Liberation Oral History Project
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- Race, place and nation
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