Women in Black is an international network of women standing in silent vigils calling for peace, justice, and non-violent solutions to conflict throughout the world. Women in Black began in 1988 in Israel/Palestine and has spread to conflict areas throughout the world. Each group is autonomous but related in the way women stand – dressed in black, in silent vigil.
Women in Black has become a movement of women of conscience of all denominations and nationalities who hold vigils to protest violence in their part of the world: war, interethnic conflict, militarism, the arms industry, racism, neo-Nazism, violence against women, violence in the neighborhoods, etc. Each vigil is autonomous, setting its own policy and guidelines, though in all the vigils the women dress in black, symbolizing the tragedy of the victims of violence. What unites us all is our commitment to justice and a world free of violence.