Candlelit Vigils in Solidarity with Afghan Women

In order to show solidarity with Afghan women's rights activists, groups in the UK and internationally are holding candlelit vigils on and around the 11th anniversary of the signing of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which recognises the unique impact of conflict on women and the need for their inclusion in peace building.

In order to bring attention to the issues facing women in conflict, and specifically show solidarity with Afghan women, candlelit vigils are being held throughout the UK and internationally to mark the anniversary of this landmark resolution. Please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to tell us about plans in your area, which we will then promote in this space.

Vigils (click on links for full details):

London, UK - 12 October 2011, 18:00, Women in Black London: Vigil in Solidarity with Women in Afghanistan
Location London, Edith Cavell statue above St Martin in the Fields church (opposite entrance to National Portrait Gallery)

London, UK - 31 October 2011, 18:00, Candlelit Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location Trafalgar Square, London UK**** Note location change from 10 Downing Street to Trafalgar Square

Bristol, UK -  31 October 2011, 17:30, Bristol Bridge March with Bristol Feminist Network
Location Pero's Bridge, Bristol UK

Georgia (country) - 31 October 2011, 18:00 - 19:00, Candlelit Vigils in Solidarity with Afghan Women in the Country of Georgia
Location Various locations, Western Georgia

Rothbury, UK - 31 October 2011, 18.00-18.45, Candlelit Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location Rothbury, North Northumberland, UK

Edinburgh, UK - 31 October 2011, 12.00-14.00, Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women, with Scottish WILPF
Location Gibb's Entry, Clerk Street, Edinburgh

Dundee, UK - 31 October 2011, 18.00-19.00, Candlelit Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women, with Soroptimist International of Dundee
Location DCA Nethergate, Dundee

Wimbledon, UK - **4th November 2011, 18:00 - 19:00, Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location St Marks Place, Wimbledon SW19 (beside the public library), UK **Please note date change

York, UK - 5 November 2011, 13.00, Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women, with York Feminist Network
Location St. Helen's Square, York

Derby, UK - 13 November 2011, 18.00, Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location the Quad (city centre)

Viseu, Portugal  - 25 November 2011, 16.00, Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location starts at Praça do Rossio

Croydon, UK - 2 December 2011, 18.00, Candlelit Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location Peace Close (near Seldhurst Station)

Northampton, UK - 3 December 2011, 17.00-18.00, Candlelit Vigil in Solidarity with Afghan Women
Location Guildhall steps

We are asking activist groups to organise vigils in key visible areas in their communities in the early evening to bring awareness to the need for women’s participation at the upcoming Bonn conference on Afghanistan and the inclusion of women’s issues in ongoing Afghan transition and reconciliation activities.

By standing together holding candles and wearing green scarves (a symbol used by Afghan women’s rights activists), UK activists can show their solidarity with Afghan women’s rights activists. This display of hope and solidarity will be used to signal to the UK government that people in the UK are holding them to account and expect them to act as a key voice on women’s rights issues at Bonn.

Find out more about this issue here and download our guide for supporting women's rights activists in Afghanistan here (PDF).

We ask activists to send photos of candlelit vigils and other events in solidarity with women in Afghanistan to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or send them to our Twitter @nowomennopeace and Facebook pages. 

Photos from the vigils can be viewed on our Facebook page.