Women In Black Against War - New York

Why We Stand

We reject violence as a response to violence. Threats of military interventions and using weapons of war should not be normal solutions for settling differences and conflicts.

We, Women in Black Against War - New York, stand in silent vigil to protest war, rape, ethnic cleansing and human rights abuses all over the world.  We are silent because words cannot express the tragedy that wars and hatred bring. 

Our silence is visible.  We invite women to stand with us and reflect upon the men, women and children who have been killed, tortured and raped in war. We invite women to remember loved ones who have disappeared and those who have had their communities destroyed.

We wear black as a symbol of sorrow for all victims of war, for the destruction of people, nature and the fabric of life.

We embrace the use of peaceful conflict resolution.

Who We Are

Women in Black is an international peace network.  It is not an organization, but a means of mobilization and a formula for action.  WiB vigils were started in 1988 by Israeli and Palestinian women urging a peaceful resolution of differences.  Women in Black has developed on six continents. Groups have formed in many cities in the US since September 11.  Women in Black Against War - New York has been holding vigils in solidarity with our sisters throughout the world since 1993.

Where We Stand

We stand in silent vigil in front of the The New York Public Library at 5th Avenue and 41st Street every Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. There are no dues or meetings.