IWTC Women's GlobalNet #291
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide
January 29, 2006
All of us at the International Women's Tribune Centre (IWTC) send greetings and best wishes for a New Year of equality, sustainable development and peace. This first edition of the IWTC Women's GlobalNet for 2006 is an urgent plea for peace in Iraq, and an opportunity for you to sign-up to the following “Women Say No to War” campaign to be delivered to the White House and to US embassies around the world on International Women's Day, March 8, 2006.
WOMEN'S CALL FOR PEACE: AN URGENT APPEAL
On January 5th, CODEPINK launched a new campaign called "Women Say No to War" to bring together US women like Alice Walker, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Susan Sarandon, Cindy Sheehan and Dolores Huerta with women from countries such as the UK, Canada, Australia, Mexico, the Philippines, Japan, Jordan, Iran and especially Iraq. The purpose? To tell our leaders -and the world - that women have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and we want the foreign troops and foreign fighters to leave Iraq now.
So far, more than 200 prominent women - political leaders, military mothers, veterans, actors and authors- have endorsed the "Women Say No to War" campaign, and some 4,000 women have signed the Women's Call for Peace- even before the campaign was officially launched! CODEPINK wants to get at least 100,000 women from around the world to sign this global call by March 8, 2006, when the signatures will be delivered to the White House and to US embassies around the world.
WOMEN'S CALL FOR PEACE: AN URGENT APPEAL
We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world. We've buried too many of our loved ones. We've seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We've watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families' basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We've had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities.
This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts, we women are rising up - across borders - to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction.
We have seen how the foreign occupation of Iraq has fueled an armed movement against it, perpetuating an endless cycle of violence. We are convinced that it is time to shift from a military model to a conflict- resolution model that includes the following elements:
The withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq;
Negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis into all aspects of Iraqi society;
The full representation of women in the peacemaking process and a commitment to women's full equality in the post-war Iraq;
A commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq;
Iraqi control of its oil and other resources;
The nullification of privatization and deregulation laws imposed under occupation, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy;
A massive reconstruction effort that prioritizes Iraqi contractors, and draws upon financial resources of the countries responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq;
Consideration of a temporary international peacekeeping force that is truly multilateral and is not composed of any troops from countries that participated in the occupation.
To move this peace process forward, we are creating a massive movement of women - crossing generations, races, ethnicities, religions, borders and political persuasions. Together, we will pressure our governments, the United Nations, the Arab League, Nobel Peace Prize winners, religious leaders and others in the international community to step forward to help negotiate a political settlement. And in this era of divisive fundamentalisms, we call upon world leaders to join us in spreading the fundamental values of love for the human family and for our precious planet.
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