eNewsletter - December 3, 2011
End Violence Against Women; Blow the Whistle!
From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:
Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!
Women and girls are the major victims if war since 1990, according to the United Nations, the International Red Cross and other International Aid Agencies. In addition to death and injury from weapons of war, displacement, starvation and lack of medical care, they suffer from rape—often used as a weapon of war.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence
From November 25–December 10, activists around the world are participating in a powerful movement: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Initiated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL), the campaign's aim is to end gender violence.
Like the 16 Days Campaign, WILPF's aims and objectives are to bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known, and help abolish the causes and legitimizations of war: in particular, militarism and patriarchy.
WILPF’s mission, values, and strategy are particularly related to this year's 16 Days Campaign theme. The 2011 Campaign theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”
Blow the Whistle to Redefine Security!
Statement in Support of the Palestinian People
WILPF International has joined other women’s organizations in issuing a statement in support of the Palestinian people. The statement, issued on November 29, the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, calls on the UN to ensure that resolutions on Palestinian self-determination are implemented, end the siege of Gaza, and protect the human rights of all involved. The complete statement is posted on WILPF International’s website.
In WILPF - U.S., members also continue to raise awareness about violations of human rights, dignity and sovereignty of the Palestinian people, and work to shift U.S. foreign policy in the region from a position of funding militarism and violence to a stance of advancing economic development, human rights and sustainable and inclusive peace.
WILPF Occupy Support
As the Occupy Movement enters its third month, WILPF women continue to be involved with the movement at protest sites around the country. (Read updates from WILPF branches on their latest Occupy activities.)
With so many organizations participating in the movement, it's important to remember the unique strengths that WILPF involvement brings:
- Well-researched resources and action tools to analyze and challenge the role of corporations in our U.S. economic, political and social systems.
- A deepened understanding of the relationship between military spending and human needs.
- Women’s perspective and role in the Occupy Movements.”
New Name Proposed for Save the Water Issue Committee
by the "Save the Water" Issue Committee
The “Save the Water” Issue Committee has recently decided to change its name to “Earth Democracy.” This new “working” name reflects the expanded mandate of the Issue Committee following the Resolution passed at Congress.
Additionally, we propose to create four sub-issue groups to take up the topics of the expanded mandate and suggest: Food Democracy/Local Economy; Human Right to Water and Health; Rights of Nature; and Climate/Renewable Energy.
Take Action with WILPF
You don't have to be in the streets to be an activist! Are you a WILPF member, looking for some other way to put energy into WILPF's work? Perhaps you have free time at odd hours or you prefer to do your activism from your home? Maybe you're ready to get a national perspective on seeing the links between issues that WILPF is famous for? Find out more about opportunities with the Mini-grant Monitoring Committe and other national WILPF volunteer openings!