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Conference Participants Head off to Embassies in The Hague to Call for the End of Military Action in Yemen

April 29, 2015

At the end of the Women’s Congress in The Hague in 1915, delegations of women went to the embassies of different countries at war, demanding an end to all hostilities. Today, as we round off the Women’s Power to Stop War conference marking our 100th anniversary, we decided to do just like our foremothers did, this time in the light of the rapidly escalating conflict in Yemen.

On the third and last day of the Conference, eleven delegations made up of conference participants left the World Forum to go to embassies across The Hague with a letter in their hands. The action was inspired by Amal Basha from Yemen, who during a Q&A session in one of the conference plenaries stood up and talked about how much she had looked forward to the conference and how excited she was to be here, but that she had not expected “to participate as a refugee”.

Mairead Maguire handed over the letter at the representation of the Commission of the European Union. Photo by Ann Patterson

Mairead Maguire handed over the letter at the representation of the Commission of the European Union. Photo by Ann Patterson

The letter, which was handed over today to the embassies of the United Kingdom, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Yemen, Russia, China, Germany, France and Egypt as well as the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands, calls for the cessation of the transfer of arms to Yemen and all military actions by all actors inside and outside the country. It also calls for the initiation of an inclusive peace negotiation.

“The world is failing in Yemen. The world cannot be complicit. Yemen has been betrayed by the international community. The peaceful transfer of power has been undermined by external interests. Violence and war has been unleashed and fuelled from the outside. The human cost is incalculable.”

Read the letter.

The following people went to the embassies:

UK: Caroline Freeman – UK WILPF, Clare Walker – UK WILPF

Clare Walker with the letter at the British Embassy. Photo by Caroline Freeman

Clare Walker with the letter at the British Embassy. Photo by Caroline Freeman

Caroline Freeman at the British Embassy in The Hague. Photo by Clare Walker

Caroline Freeman at the British Embassy in The Hague. Photo by Clare Walker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US: Jodie Evans – Code Pink, Joan Ecklein – WILPF US Boston branch

Germany: Dr. Judith Baessler – GIZ

Egypt: June Norman – WILPF Australia, Emma Anthony –  UK WILPF

June Norman from WILPF Australia and Emma Anthony from UK WILPF before going to the Egyptian Embassy. Photo by Li Grebäck

June Norman from WILPF Australia and Emma Anthony from UK WILPF before going to the Egyptian Embassy. Photo by Li Grebäck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

China: Cristina Martinez – WILPF US Boston branch, Carmen Duran Martinez – WILPF Spain

Iran: Tahira Jabeen – WILPF Pakistan, Rehana Hashmi – WILPF Pakistan

Saudi Arabia: Helen Kay – UK WILPF, Anne Scott – UK WILPF

Russia: Cristina Stünzi, Sarah Diack – CFD Bern

Cristina Stünzi and Sarah Diack with the letter going to the Russian Embassy. Photo by Li Grebäck

Cristina Stünzi and Sarah Diack with the letter going to the Russian Embassy. Photo by Li Grebäck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yemen: Jeanette Wesseling, Leander Schülz

France: Sarah Belpedio, Pauline Westerbarkey

Commission of the European Union: Ann Patterson – Peace People Ireland, Mairead Maguire, Nobel peace prize laureate

 

 

 

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