Women have played a crucial role in peace actvities throughout this century. In this programme various women give accounts of their peace work and ideas on war and pacifism beginning with the formation of the WILPF in 1915 and taking us through to the present day philosophies, A 94-year-old sufferagette recalls giving an anti-ear speech in Hyde Park during the 1st World War and losing her job as a result, We are remind that 10,00 women marched for peace in 1926 on the Women’s Peace Pilgrimage. We go through the anxieties of the ’30s – including the memories of German women living in Eastern Europe and Germany. The feelings about Hiroshima and Nagasaki. How women were at the forefront of the campagin against nuclear weapons tests which grew into the campaign for Nuclear disarmament. The efforts of Dora Russell’s women’s peace caravan. The heroism of Greenham Women. And, finally their thoughts for the future.
This film made in 1985 reflects the cultural attitudes, social work procedures and language of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards. But the issues raised are timeless.