29 Jan 2022

Dr Rebecca Johnson: the legacy of the Greenham Women

From Saturday Morning, 10:05 am on 29 January 2022
Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson Photo: Supplied

Directed by New Zealander Briar March, new documentary Mothers of the Revolution tells the story of one of the longest protests in history. Between 1981 and 2000, thousands of women came together at Greenham Common in Berkshire to stand against the decision of the British government to allow cruise missiles to be stored there.

UK-based activist Rebecca Johnson is one of the most-recognised Greenham Common women, having lived at the camp for five years. By the time she left she had a conviction list “as long as your arm”.

Johnson went on to become the founding president of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), which was fundamental in implementing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that entered into force on 22 January 2021. 

Mothers of the Revolution is screening at cinemas around the country now.