No War Anywhere!
Engaging youth in antimilitarist education
January - December 2023
2022 has seen the escalation of war in Europe and around the world. SCI Austria and GAIA Kosovo organized the project “Not Your Soldier” in order to strengthen antimilitarist education within SCI and to bring together young people affected by military conscription.
SCI, a historic peace organization, needs to take a stand against war and militarism and its effects around the world. SCI has to form alliances with other peace networks (such as War Resisters International and International Fellowship of Reconciliation). The question of how to communicate on these issues, in a coherent and efficient way, as a global and diverse movement, led to writing No War Anywhere!.
This project brought together young people from different European realities to exchange on the topic and to get active. It addressed urgent and important questions (such as antimilitarist utopias, nuclear disarmament, military-industrial complex, etc.), and offered young people the space and tools to stand up for peace.
Explore alternatives to militarism and map possibilities for antimilitarist futures with young people
Create spaces for discussion and exchange, and organise grassroots peace campaigns
Inform a wide network of young people about the importance of Peace through a large, connected, international campaign for International Peace Day 2023
Create an open and accessible tool for communication, advocacy, and campaigning, and harmonise a communication strategy within SCI
Define a clear action plan to strengthen antimilitarist education in SCI and improve cooperation with antimilitarist networks
The project included 2 in-person activities, 1 virtual one, grassroots communication campaigns and the development of an online course.
Seminar "Utopias Against War"
Training “Strategies Against War”
25 June – 2 July 2023 in Vienna
The second in-person activity was an advocacy and communication training, hosted by SCI Austria, in Vienna for 24 young people. It allowed participants to know more about advocacy around this particular topic and to initiate their peace campaigns, on very diverse topics. Subscribe to NWA! newsletter to be informed regularly on the campaigns’ progresses.
July-September 2023 in different countries
During the summer, participants developed communication campaigns. The aim was to advocate for change and to bring visibility to antimilitarism and its effects and consequences.
September 2023 online
A virtual exchange took place, involving all those interested in No More War. It allowed everyone to grasp the project’s current status, broaden the conversation, incorporate diverse perspectives, and initiate the development of a unified antimilitarist communication strategy. We aimed to build a sense of connection among individuals devoted to antimilitarism internally, while externally, to unite people in the pursuit of antimilitarism.
Online advocacy and communication course
End of 2023 online
One of the final outcomes of No War Anywhere! was the online course on advocacy and communication on learning.sci.ngo. The content was created by both the team and the participants in all of the activities.
Join SCI’s antimilitarism project, near Vienna, Austria, on 25 June – 2 July 2023! We are looking for motivated young people, passionate about peace, antimilitarism and advocacy. Bring your idea for a campaign or project linked to antimilitarism and develop it with the support of the group! Deadline to apply is 7 May.
We are looking for a trainer to join an antimilitarist seminar in Rome, Italy, from April 16 to 22, 2023. Deadline to apply is February 12!
Join SCI’s new antimilitarism project, in Rome, Italy, on 16-22 April, 2023! We are looking for motivated young people, passionate about peace, antimilitarism and advocacy. Deadline to apply is 20 February!
The IS overviews the No War Anywhere! project, manages logistics and communications and supports the creation of the online course.
SCI Austria hosted the communication and advocacy training, that happened in July in Vienna, Austria.
SCI Italy hosted the Utopians Against War Seminar, that happened in April in Rome, Italy.