Women4Women – Knitting4Peace
Women are arming themselves with crochet hooks and knitting needles to fight the fight for peace
Peace is a powerful idea. Women are a powerful force. Bring the two together and watch the magic happen.
Across the United States and Canada, women are coming together to knit and crochet goods for women and children (and men) in war-torn countries and local impoverished communities on behalf of Women4Peace – Knitting4Peace. The grassroots organization, dedicated to crafting hope, healing, and peace, was founded by Susan McKee, a selfproclaimed contemplative activist whose spiritual quest led her to putting crafters’ skills to good use by engaging them in nonviolent action for peace. Since its inception in June 2006, the movement has spread, and to date, Susan and her 82 “Peace Pods” have had over 50,417 items delivered to areas of conflict in 55 countries around the world, as well as communities and individuals in our own backyard.
The crafters make Peace Shawls, Peace Pals (boy and girl dolls), caps for adults, as well as scarves, blankets, socks, and mittens, all of which are personally delivered. While all the handmade goods save lives and provide hope, the dolls have become their most requested item.
Susan’s work is a reminder that one person really can make a difference – and when that individual is joined by a few more, the cumulative effect can be lifealtering. As Susan says, “We are committed to our simple instruments of peace-making: compassion, community, crochet hooks, and knitting needles. We believe they are more powerful than bullets, tanks, and bombs.” In knitting together communities, this quiet revolution is truly a force to be reckoned with. Power to the peacemakers!