WOVEN’s 2016 Campaign to Question Violence

Each year, WOVEN’s September Celebration of Peace grows with an emphasis on how we can end violence in our lifetime. This year’s theme is ‘Question Violence.’


International Day of Peace

On September 21st, many millions of people around the world will acknowledge and celebrate the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day (http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/). The United Nations theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, […]


Understanding Policing in Cleveland, from stop-and-frisk to the RNC

We are sharing this an essay written by Hawa Allan, for the Lapham’s Quarterly. Allan, who is a writer of cultural criticism and fiction whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, and Transition, among other places. She is Essays Editor at The Offing as well as a graduate of Columbia Law School, where […]


WOVEN’s Elizabeth Howard in The Laconia Daily Sun

WOVEN’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Howard, was recently featured in The Laconia Daily Sun. Her article titled, “Reject Violence, Work to Find Solutions,” is below: The moment we cease to hold each other, the moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out. — James Baldwin “Diana Wege is an artist, […]

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The Story of Gwendolyn Myers by Search for Common Ground

We wanted to share this story from one of our resources, Search for Common Ground, in the quest for peace in our world: As a child, Gwendolyn Myers begged her father to take her to the airport. Not being wealthy, she’d never seen an airplane. But she’d heard about them. She had to see these things for […]

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Learning from Columbine – WOVEN Encourages Action

April 20th is the seventeenth anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. In October, 1998, Diana Wege and Elizabeth Howard founded a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, designed to bring conflict resolution and sensitivity training around the issues of violence to schools in Connecticut. While they initially granted meetings with […]


Suggested Book List – May

This month WOVEN recommends the following books that cover issues related to social activism, gender inequality, and environmentalism. To Dwell in Peace: An Autobiography by Daniel Berrigan By: Daniel Berrigan Wipf & Stock Pub/2007 Sex and World Peace By: Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad F. Emmett Columbia University Press/2012 The Invention of […]


Suggested Book List – April

This month WOVEN recommends the following books that cover issues related to mental illness, growing up in poverty, feeling alienated because one is “different” and how to understand genocide. American Psychosis: How the Federal Government Destroyed The Mental Illness Treatment System By: Dr. Torrey Oxford University Press/2014 A Mother’s Reckoning Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy By: […]


WOVEN Reacts to Trump’s Apparent Stance on Violence

“To have Donald Trump, a leading presidential candidate, advocate punching someone who opposes his political views is clearly a message in contradiction to WOVEN’s vision of “Peace on Earth.”



One in five children will be sexually abused by their 18th birthday. Nearly three quarters of them won’t speak about it for at least a year, and almost half of them won’t speak about it for at least five. Some of them never speak. These silent scars can lead to long term effects such as […]

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