The Movement for the Abolition of War

Generations together can abolish war

Generations together can abolish war

The Movement for the Abolition of War (MAW) is part of an ongoing world-wide uprising, challenging the inevitability of war and guided by the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations signed in 1945; a vision of a world in which conflicts are resolved without resort to violence, to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war” which to this day continues to bring untold suffering to humankind as well as deepening the climate crisis.

MAW presents


Thursday 21 Apr 2022 7:00pm

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

An evening of poetry, talks and songs with Frankie Armstrong, John Gittings, Sally Mears, Sue Gilmurray and Rona Topaz and Geraldine Bridges.


The evening is part of the exhibition


Tuesday 5 Apr 2022 to Sunday 1 May 2022

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

This mixed media exhibition weaves together words, images, sculpture and music to illustrate the impacts and devastation of war. More here


View the MAW cartoons “Extinguish War and Save the Earth!” and “Climate Impact of the Arms Industry” on our YouTube channel.


Read the latest Abolish War newsletter, March 2022, which includes:

Understanding the Ukraine crisis – and how to resolve it

Human rights abusers go shopping for weaponry in Twickenham

Take ideas from the Rethinking Security network, then take action

MAW members offer creative ways to engage with peace

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Nuclear Prohibition

Campaign: ICAN

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons marks the beginning of the end of the military hegemony of the nuclear-armed powers as nation after nation asserts its right to live in a world free of the threat of nuclear annihilation.

Remembrance 2020

‘Walls, Fences and Guns’ – How militarised and racialised capitalism is destroying the world
Asad Rehman, Executive Director, War on Want
2 pm, Sunday 14th November

Climate Change

Campaign: Climate Change

Climate change can increase the risk of violent conflict, so why don’t we redirect some of the funding for military technologies to help tackle climate insecurity?

United Nations

Campaign: United Nations

How do we build up recognition of the UN as the one body which can deal with global problems facing humanity?

Rethinking Security

Campaign: Rethinking Security

We challenge the narrow definition of “security” used by governments to justify military intervention. Human security means adequate food and water, education and healthcare, and a secure place to live on a planet not threatened by climate change.

War is not inevitable! Our aims are to: 

Spread the belief that the abolition of war is both desirable and possible

Raise awareness of constructive alternatives to war for resolving national and international disputes

Develop research-based materials and strategies to educate pupils, students, the general public and members of local and national government

Work with other people and organisations who are already active in the creation of alternatives to war

Inspiration from the Archives!

Bruce Kent writes about the UN and nuclear disarmament

United Nations - Mat Reding on Unsplash

In work for global justice and peace, not surprisingly, there are highs and lows. My earliest ‘high’ comes in the form of a League of Nations colour poster issued just before the 1932 Geneva disarmament conference. It shows lots of children marching hopefully towards peace. The League of Nations Union…