Women in Black:

An International Movement of Women for Peace

The international movement of Women in Black began in January 1988, soon after the first Palestinian Intifada (uprising) began, to protest Israel’s ongoing occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. A group of Israeli women stood, once a week at the same time and in the same place, wearing black, and holding signs, in English, Hebrew and Arabic, that read “Stop the Occupation”. Within months, women all over Israel initiated vigils, which continue to this day.

Women participate in Women in Black vigils in hundreds of cities around the world, to protest violence and injustice, in Israel and Palestine, and in their own countries as well.