Asia West Pacific

‘Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in 21st Century’

By Subhash Chandra

Conflict Textile

This year, War Resisters’ International (WRI) is marking its 100th birthday. WRI is an international pacifist, antimilitarist network working with over a hundred organizations in more than forty countries. The centenary theme is ‘Nonviolence in Action: Antimilitarism in the 21st Century’. It’s founding declaration in 1921 says- ‘War is crime against humanity. I am therefore determined not to support any kind of war, and to strive for the removal of all causes of war’.

March 23-25 is the birth date of WRI. To mark this date Roberta Bacic and Breege Doherty from the Conflict Textiles project at Ulster University in Northern Ireland have curated an exhibition of Conflict Textiles- arpilleras, quilts and wall hangings that tell stories of the impact of war and conflict around the world, and the acts of nonviolent resistance that activists have taken to try to end war and its causes.

The twenty-eight textiles bring us face to face with the courageous denouncement, resistance and nonviolent actions of men and women in various continents who, with their families and communities have experienced the human cost of war. You are welcome to join online for an hour at 1:30pm UTC on March 25th for the launch of this exhibition. The curator will give a ‘guided tour’ of the exhibition.

Here is the zoom link for the event: