women and peace
Collateral Damage: health and
environmental costs of war on Iraq
research was carried out by an international team of authors and advisers,
all experts on health and conflict. The new report estimates that
more than 20,000 Iraqis have died between the start of hostilities
and when the report was finalised late last month. The number of people
affected by the aftermath of the war is still rising as the Iraqi
people continue to pay the price in death, injury and mental and physical
Day of the Jackals: Arundhati
"Mesopotamia. Babylon. The Tigris and Euphrates. How many children, in how many classrooms, over how many centuries, have hang-glided through the past, transported on the wings of these words?
And now the bombs
have fallen, incinerating and humiliating that ancient civilization.
On the steel torsos of their missiles, adolescent American soldiers
scrawled colorful messages in childish handwriting: For Saddam, from
the Fat Boy Posse..."
from the Iraqi Women's Rights Coalition, May 2003
"We are a group
of Iraqi women who are extremely concerned about women's rights and
freedom in Iraq.
Sumaya Farhat-Naser is a Palestinian biologist and teacher, peace activist and author. During years of work in her own community, in Jerusalem, and with Israeli peace activists, she has become an important spokesperson for a just peace for both peoples. Her second book, written in German during the current occupation and Intifada, was published in English in spring 2003 under the title: "Daughter of the Olive Trees." The following is her speech given in Berlin on February 15, 2003, at the largest peace demonstration ever in the German capitol, with half a million people participating.
Call to Resist the War against Iraq
"DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES WITH WOMEN FOR A NEW ERA is a network of women
scholars and activists from the economic South who engage in feminist
research and analysis of the global environment and are committed to working
for economic justice, gender justice and democracy."
"DAWN pays tribute to the millions of people who have gone out into the
streets to demonstrate their stand for peace, most recently those who turned
out on 15 and 16 February 2003 in over 600 cities worldwide, including
Adelaide, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Sydney, Berlin, London, Rome, Hong Kong,
Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Lahore and 20 other Pakistan cities, Manila, New
York, Philadelphia, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Suva, and
DAWN shares the understanding that any war against Iraq is not about weapons
of mass destruction or any of the other stated rationales, but about
imperial greed and the abuse of human rights and power.
DAWN calls upon all women and men
as these are linked to militarism and fundamentalism.
We want a world where equity, equality, diversity and genuine peace reign.
DAWN condemns all leaders and governments that brutalize citizens, violate
human rights, disregard international law, and use violence and destructive
weapons as a currency of power. This condemnation extends to the Iraqi
Government and Saddam Hussein, and even more so to the leaders of the United
States, United Kingdom, Australia and others in the so-called Coalition of
the Willing, who aided and abetted Saddam in the past and now propose to
ignore majority public opinion to launch an unjustifiable war against the
Iraqi people. We say "No to war, even as a last resort!"