Members of the Center Delàs d'Estudis per la Pau went to London to participate in the entertainment of the War Resisters' International (WRI) to counter youth militarisation and its gendered dimensions.
The gathering was held on 2-4 February, and included activists from AKL (Union of Conscientious Objectors) and Committee of 100 from Finland, Nesehnuti from Czech Republic, DFG-VK and BSV from Germany, Movimento Nonviolento from Italy, Centre Delàs from Catalonia, and the Peace Pledge Union and ForcesWatch from the UK.
During the training, activists took part in various activities exploring how military values are promoted to young people, in which ways this militarisation is gendered, and how we can plan effective strategies countering these forces. The gathering was supported by the UK-based Network for Social Change and the facilitators network Turning the Tide.
Following the training, War Resisters' International hosted a public forum on countering youth militarisation in different countries. The forum, held in Housmans Bookshop in London on 5th February, was joined by activists from the Czech Republic, Finland, Turkey and the UK.