No War Anywhere: Antimilitarism across Europe
Looking back at NWA, Jan- Dec 2023
Utopias Against War: Inspiring Change in Rome
“I learned the existence of different antimilitarist organisations and initiatives”
The journey started with the “Utopias against War” seminar in Rome, Italy, organised in partnership with SCI Italy. Participants delved into various antimilitarist groups and initiatives, gaining valuable perspectives on alternative approaches.Acting as a catalyst, the seminar motivated attendees to plan actions against war and militarism, promoting empowerment that went beyond geographical boundaries.
Strategies Against War: Advocacy and Campaign Training in Vienna
“There were people from all over Europe, with different perspectives on militarisation specific to their own country”
Virtual Exchange and No More War Working Group
Peace Campaigns across Europe: Raising Awareness
The positive impact of “No War Anywhere” spread across Europe. SCI groups and partners ran campaigns for peace, informing people about the harmful effects of war and militarism.
SCI International Secretariat: The Many ways of peace and antimilitarism
In September 2023, SCI International Secretariat hosted an online event for International Peace Day to foster discussions on peace, nonviolence, and antimilitarism. The event featured speakers such as Adli Daana, Coordinator for the International Palestinian Youth League, who discussed the role of International Voluntary Service (IVS) in global solidarity, peace, and nonviolent resistance, particularly in conflict areas like Palestine. Other speakers, including Anastasia Tereshchuk from Alternative-V, Danai Tessa, Sean Maguire, Tom Gilmour, and Thomas Schallhart, shared insights into volunteer camps during ongoing wars, challenges of antimilitarism during military aggression, and experiences from the “No War Anywhere” project.
SCI Switzerland: Peace Work in Palestine
Members of SCI Switzerland and members of Tent of Nations, a Palestinian partner organisation of SCI, organised an event to draw attention to the situation in Palestine and show the example of the family Nassar from the project “Tent of Nations” – with giving a voice to Daoud and someone from Peace Watch who spent time in Palestine. They talked about peace work in a conflict area. How is peace work possible in such a conflict zone? What does it mean for activists? How do they find their strength to go on? What can be achieved? All these questions and more were reflected/discussed by the audience. During this event 2 speakers – one is Daoud Nassar from Tent of Nations (by Zoom) and one is Tamara Gerber (Peace Watch Switzerland) who spent a few months in Palestine as a human rights observer. Both speakers shared their experience with their projects in Palestine, the daily struggles, conflicts, and efforts to create dialogue, peace and anti-militarism on the ground.
SCI Hungary: PeaceBox – Peace up!
SCI Hellas: Object Militarism
In Greece, SCI Hellas led a two-month campaign to promote civic service as an alternative to mandatory military service for male Greek citizens. The comprehensive campaign included multimedia components such as video and audio spots in Greek, a multilingual web platform featuring interviews and antimilitarist materials, a podcast/interview of a conscientious objector (Lazaros Petromelidis), and a public networking event. The latter provided an opportunity for young people to learn about the alternative service, connect with those who had experienced it, and engage with legal experts on conscientious objection. Concluding the campaign was a poignant documentary, encapsulating the history, concept, and practice of conscientious objectors, spanning from the foundation of SCI by Pierre Ceresole to contemporary actions taken on national and EU levels due to the war in Ukraine.
VCV Serbia: Palestinian Film Cycle
VCV Serbia orchestrated a multifaceted campaign featuring movie screenings and a reading event. Focused on supporting the Palestinian cause, the campaign brought together people to express solidarity through cultural exchange.
No More War Working Group: Talks Against War
Speak Up for Peace: Online Learning Course