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Women's Action Against Global Violence (WAAGV)

From
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupations
Peace organisation, Political organisation and Social action organisation
Alternative Names
  • WAAGV (abbreviation)

Summary

Women's Action Against Global Violence (WAAGV) was formed in Sydney in the early 1980s, as an organisation that aimed to support "women and children of all races and cultures in their struggle against violence and oppression". WAAGV was distinctly anti-nuclear, citing the nuclear arms race and its direct link to uranium mining, as well as the desecration of Australian Aboriginal land, the endangerment of workers' health and environmental instability as the basis for the group's opposition to uranium mining.

WAAGV organised and supported numerous protests and events, including the Pine Gap Peace Camp, 1983, an all women's peace camp at Lucas Heights, women's only dances and a 'Die-In', a peaceful action that was intended as a symbolic representation of nuclear attack. The group felt that it was necessary to retain a women only composition as it provided an environment where women could speak out, enabling a correction of a gender imbalance that was identified within the decision making process in other groups.

They had strong links to other women's peace groups including Feminist Anti-Nuclear Group (FANG) and Women Agaist Nuclear Energy (WANE) in Adelaide.

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Archival resources

State Library of South Australia

  • Feminist Anti-Nuclear Group (FANG) records, c. November 1982 - 25 September 1984; State Library of South Australia. Details
  • Women Against Nuclear Energy , 21 April 1980 - ; State Library of South Australia. Details

Katey Bereny

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