Helen John is a veteran feminist peace campaigner, a Vice President of the UK Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament,one of the founders of the largest women's peace protest in the world - Greenham Common.
Committed to non-violent direct action, she founded the women's peace camp at Men with Hill in Yorkshire in the 1990s. As result, she has served numerous prison sentences for her work literally disarming the patriarchal military establishment. She is a true internationalist, making links with peace movements in Asia, Australia and America. She has visited and toured in Russia, Australia and the US.
Helen John was influential in organising the tour of women from the Pacific islands affected by nuclear tests. She has pursued her peace activism at great personal cost, not least serving time in prison - where she often proved an invaluable support to disadvantaged women, helping them to learn to read and write, supporting them to request better diet and health care and reading them out letters from home etc - and conducting complex legal defenses for herself and for other women. To this regard, Helen John is the embodiment of the suffragette slogan "Deeds Not Words", a hero, often overlooked by all those who have not met her whom she inspires greatly.
She gives speeches and lectures on non violent direct action and on politics and the women's peace movement, inspiring countless women, especially young student women who are energised and empowered by her accounts of non-violent direct action.