Time and place: Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at the Edith Cavell statue. It is in St.Martin’s Place, London WC2, opposite the entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, and not far from Trafalgar Square.

About: The London vigil is part of the Women in Black (WiB) world-wide network of women. We are committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. We hold our vigil every week (see details above) in silence and wearing black. Each vigil has a specific theme, which is reflected in the placards we carry and the leaflets we hand out. Each week we have a letter which we ask members of the public to sign, which calls on the British government to take action on a specific issue. Currently our vigils focus on: opposition to British military engagements or threat of ‘interventions’ in other countries; opposing renewal of the Trident nuclear weapons system; calling for justice for Palestinians; and for steps to end violence in the DR Congo; and for ending the arms trade. Our vigils are for women only, and present a women’s or gendered position on each issue.

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Celebrating Cynthia

On 4 January, London Women in Black held a commemoration and celebration of the life of Cynthia Cockburn, beloved friend, sister, mother, grandmother and a pillar of Women in Black. The programme which including readings from Cynthia’s books and the words of her songs, sung by the Raised Voices Choir, is attached below.