PAX is the largest peace organization in the Netherlands. We work to protect civilians against acts of war, to end armed violence and to build inclusive peace. We work in conflict areas worldwide, together with local partners and people who, just like us, believe that everyone has a right to a dignified life in a peaceful society.
The story of PAX
Peace is possible. Every person has a right to live without fear. And yet we see uncertainty and injustice, conflicts and war all around us. We see inequality between men and women and destructive gender norms. PAX empowers civilians who peacefully stand up against this. We fight for more solidarity and human dignity, together with those who fight against the oppression for a better future for their communities.
How we started
PAX resulted from the merging of Pax Christi the Netherlands and the IKV (Interchurch Peace Council). These two peace organizations had been working respectively towards peace since World War Two and the 60’s. Both organizations started working together more and more. In 2006, Pax Christi and IKV joined forces permanently and together they are now known as PAX.
After 70 years PAX is still very much needed. Worldwide there are people trying to escape from repression and violence who deserve help. We work together with hundreds of ardent volunteers. We work from the Netherlands, Brussels (EU), New York (UN) and together with our local partners in conflict areas. We turn our years of experience into action in order to achieve change.
Peace. Are you in?
All around the world, civilians are working towards a peaceful and inclusive society, often with women and young people at the forefront. Against all the resistance they fight for peace. They keep going, determined as they are. And we are with them. Everyone can contribute to peace, even if it is something small. So join us!
Nobel Peace Prize 2017
In 2017, the Nobel Committee chose a campaign with which PAX is closely associated: ICAN, the international coalition for the abolition of nuclear weapons. PAX has been campaigning for an international ban on nuclear weapons for years and is a member of the international board of ICAN.