A RARE MEMORIAL TO WOMEN, CHILDREN & PEACE – GREENHAM COMMON

War memorials dedicated to women and children as casualties in war are very rare although they make up the majority of victims in many wars. ‘Civilian fatalities in wartime climbed from 5 per cent at the turn of the century, to 15 per cent during World War I, to 65 per cent by the end of World War II, to more than 90 per cent in the wars of the 1990s’. http://www.unicef.org/graca/patterns.htm

 Similarly, memorials to those women who stood with great courage and determination against the waging of wars in all times and places are hard to find.  So this rare and very beautiful memorial in Cardiff -pictured below, evokes not only the strength of the resistance of those women who protested at Greenham Common, but also the pathos associated with the obvious lack – in most countries – of any recognition generally for all those women who have spoken out against the madness of war.

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GREENHAM COMMON STATUE

‘In July 2003 in City Hall, Cardiff, a life size statue commemorating the original womens’ march to Greenham Common, together with a plaque, were unveiled by Jill Evans MEP and and women who participated in the first march.

The statue, of a mother holding a baby, was draped in mauve muslin, with suffragette coloured ribbons on her wrists and the baby’ s wrist. There were wild flowers around her feet. On the plaque was a poem in Welsh and English.

The statue of the mother and baby, the supporters say, tells the story of Greenham and will keep alive the memory of this women’s action for peace, which started from Cardiff in 1981.’

This wonderful ‘peace banner’ below is the work of Thalia D. Campbell:

‘a banner-maker and teacher, was born 24th August 1937. She was one of the founders of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, at the US military base in Berkshire, England, which started in 1981 after a march from Wales of women peace activists. The original Camp on Greenham Common closed on the 5th September 2000 after 19 years of a continuous presence. Campbell integrated her political convictions and her artistic talents by searching through archives to exhibit the neglected political art form of making banners’. 

http://www.archiveswales.org.uk/anw/get_collection.php?inst_id=1&coll_id=88&expand=

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