A logo for the 2023 WRI conference

Please find the outline programme for the Antimilitarist Roots conference below.

Participants will receive information about how to register for the workshops and theme groups in June by email.

For information on how to join the plenaries with speakers, please click here.

Thursday 15th June, 7-9pm: African Roots: War resistance and peacebuilding in the global south

Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DX


  • Moses Monday John (South Sudan Organization for Nonviolence and Development);
  • Sherly Fabre (Haiti/USA International Fellowship of Reconciliation);
  • Matt Meyer (International Peace Research Association);
  • and Selam Kidane (Eritrean human rights activist)

The Pan African Nonviolence and Peace-building Network (PANPEN) was founded in 2012 around planning meetings for the War Resisters' International South African Assembly. Since then, the network has served as a centre for African grassroots groups and individuals as well as Afro-descendents and their allies throughout the Diaspora. The dynamism of revolutionary nonviolence evident in south-south collaborations and sharing of best practices remained evident at PANPEN's tenth anniversary meetings held in Juba, South Sudan last November. This evening - produced in cooperation with PANPEN, WRI, and The International Peace Research Association (IPRA) - will review the history and future prospects of strategic civil resistance throughout Africa and the Global South.

Friday 16th June-Sunday 18th June, Antimilitarist Roots: Nonviolent resistance for a world in crisis

  Friday 16th June Saturday 17th June Sunday 18th June
9am Gathering and welcome Gathering and welcome Gathering and welcome
9:30-10:30 Participatory plenary:
Where are you from? Where do you work? How is militarism experienced?

Participatory plenary:
What are our challenges? what are our opportunities?

Plenary speakers

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Workshops (tbc) Workshops (tbc) Workshops (tbc)
12:15-1:30 Lunch

Theme groups

The theme group spaces will be an opportunity to meet with the same group of participants for more in-depth discussions about particular issues. The theme groups we are planning to host are:

  • Militarisation of borders
  • Countering the militarisation of youth
  • Police militarisation
  • Conscientious objection
  • Climate crisis
  • Global military spending/arms trade
  • Extractivism and land rights
  • Queer perspectives
  • Antimilitarist Parenting
  • Responding to everyday militarism
  • Responding to crisis: what solidarity can WRI organise?

We will send out a form to conference participants in the weeks ahead of the event to confirm which theme group you would like to participate in.

3:30-4:00 Break

Plenary speakers

  • Chief Namoks (John Ridsdale), of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation
  • A member of the Mersavot political disobedience network, Israel

Plenary speakers

  • Sahar Vardi, Israel
  • Helen Kidan, Eritrean Movement of Democracy and Human Rights

Participatory plenary and closing:
... now what?

Speaker bios

Chief Namoks (John Ridsdale)

Chief Namoks stood by a river dressed in traditional regalia

Chief Na’Moks is a Hereditary Chief of the Tsayu (Beaver Clan), one of the Five Clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The Traditional Name he carries is thousands of years old, as a Matrilineal Society, his grandmother carried the same name and wore the very same Regalia. The duties of Hereditary Chiefs are to protect the entirety of the 22,000 square Kilometers of Wet’suwet’en Territories they are responsible for, and to protect them for the generations yet to come. The authorities and jurisdiction of the Hereditary Chiefs have not changed, both pre and post-contact.

Sahar Vardi

A picture of Sahar outside. She has long brown hair and is smiling.

Sahar Vardi is an anti-militarism and anti-occupation activist from Jerusalem. She is a conscientious objector, and has been part of the Israeli refusal movement for over a decade. In recent years she led the Israel program for the American Friends Service Committee, where she helped establish the Database on Israeli Military and Security Export, and developed research and campaigns against Israeli arms export and the human rights violations associated with the industry. She recently graduated from the Rotary Peace Fellowship at the University of Bradford in the UK where she wrote her dissertation on military climate mitigation plans.

Milan Sekulović

An image of Milan Sekulovic sat behind a table, giving a presentation

Milan Sekulović is a Montenegrin journalist, environmental and peace activist. He was born and raised on the pastures of Mount Sinjajevina, for whose protection he is fighting today. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Podgorica with a journalism program. In his professional journalistic career, he predominantly deals with topics related to human rights and social justice. Since 2018, he has been a civil activist and fights against the militarization of Mount Sinjajevina, as well as the protection of mountain areas in Montenegro.

Marta Macías

A photo of Marta. She has short ginger hair and is wearing a necklace.

Marta Macías is a 23-year-old climate activist and anti-militarist living in the Spanish State. She is currently a humanities student. She participates in various environmentalist and antimilitarist political movements.






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