PeaceWoman of the Month
PeaceWoman from the United Kingdom
Pat Gaffney is a central person in the Christian peace movement in the United Kingdom. Since 1990, she has led the Catholic peace organisation, Pax Christi, campaigning against church investment in the arms industry, amongst other things. This campaign has been successful and all Catholic dioceses and orders in the UK have now halted such investments. Recently, Pat Gaffney has focused her peace work on the illegal detention of children in Palestine and on the impact of the Separation Wall on the lives of the population. She has led visits to the region, bringing these issues to the heart of Christian communities.
Built upon the centenary commemoration of the start of WW1, Pat asks what we, as PeaceWomen, can learn today from the peacemakers of one hundred years ago. She has come to the conclusion that many of the central issues are the same today as in 1914: international militarisation, war and coercion. For Pat, it is more important than ever to tackle these challenges holistically: “The links between poverty, conflict, climate change and militarism need to be addressed and connections made.“ For example, Pat sees a direct connection between the current refugee crisis and the arms trade.