International Women’s Day: It’s not enough for
women to say: “That’s enough!”
by WLOE members and friends, Bonn, Germany February 2006, concerning
the “Women say NO to War” international petition drive.
aux Violences! The Women's Appeal
A contributor to
the "European Feminist Forum brainstorm community" sent this
message from women and women's groups in the suburbs of Paris, scene
of the violent evenings of recent weeks. She adds that: "Other
women have launched another movement that on the contrary supports the
riots...So, as you see, not only feminists are divided!"
Women Appeal - No To Violence
" We are women, mothers, young women, sisters...we are nieces,
aunts, cousins, friends, lovers or neighbours. We make up half the population.
Half the sky. Half the world. But look hard at the photographs of the
blazing suburbs...you will not see a single woman! Now, when an irresponsible
and provocative Minister insults those close to us and our families,
French people, immigrants, foreigners... Now when he claims "to clean
out the districts in Karcher" or "get rid of the riff-raff"...
Now, when we weep over the death of two children, refugees in the obscure
conditions deep within a transformer EDF... Now, when we weep and deplore
the death of a man, beaten to death in Epinay because he wanted to take
a photograph of a street lamp... Now, when cars, schools and police
stations are ablaze...
WE APPEAL FOR THE VIOLENCE TO END BEFORE IT COMES TO A MORE DRAMATIC
Because our children need vehicles to go to work or look for jobs. They
need schools to give them essential knowledge. They need free prevention
and care centres; they need to access immediate medical care. They need
public transport to move about. They need firemen to save lives or put
out fires. They need postmen to deliver the mail. The community needs
WE APPEAL first to our children, to those we love: we demand they go
home, and calm down! We demand this because we have brought them into
the world. Because we have carried them and nourished them. Because
without us they would not be here. They do not have the right to destroy
the life we have given them. They make us ashamed by turning into the
things they have been called. They are not a rabble. They are not rubbish
to be cleaned away. They are human beings who have a right to respect,
equality and dignity. Like every other citizen, they have rights, but
they also have responsibilities.
WE APPEAL TO THE POLICE FORCE TO SCRUPULOUSLY OBSERVE THE RULES OF THE
WE SIMILARLY APPEAL to those who misrepresent us and ignore us, to those
who have instituted 'big brother' politics with disastrous results,
who only negotiate with churches and imams, who cut public subsidies
and community police, who spread hatred and helplessness, and beat us
every now and then, but never give us the means to live with dignity.
Behind these politics, there is also a contempt for women, those who
fight on in the neighbourhoods, who campaign with insufficient means
and support, for ways to counter violence: teams of women in solidarity,
standing tall! WE DEMAND a real emergency strategy for the suburbs which
provides a real social policy for everyone, a policy of prevention and
support for families from infancy, a high stakes schools policy, a real
policy for social cohesion and an end to the ghettos.
WE WILL BE IN THE BURNING DISTRICTS, AND WE WILL DEMONSTRATE WITH THOSE
CLOSE TO US, SILENTLY AND PEACEFULLY.
WE SEND THIS APPEAL TO ALL WOMEN.
THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS
OF US TO INTERVENE AND PUT AN END TO VIOLENCE.
Friday, 4 November 2005
First signers: AFRICA 93 (an African women's group in the French "departements"
number 93, Seine Saint Denis; UFAL Saint-Denis; UFAL Ile de France.
Since this appeal was launched there have been many more signers...
see in the original French: http://reseaudesbahuts.lautre.net/article.php3?id_article=156
Bush in Germany, February 2005. On
the occasion of President Bush's visit in Germany, Maria Mies, sociologist
and activist addressed members of the peace movement. Here, our English
Bush, you are not welcome!
Resistance against military bases: England
Women's Peace Camp(aign)
"Since summer 2002 AWPC
has become concerned that the British government is taking measures
to put in place the facilities to build a new generation of nuclear
more information, or to subscribe to our "next generation" (tng)
email alerts - with details of action you can take to oppose such
developments - please use this
Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston is where the UK makes
its nuclear weapons, our weapons of mass destruction, the weapons
that are immoral, illegal and contravene the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty. Building work has recently begun on a massive programme
of new developments at Aldermaston - join the campaign to stop
Menwith Hill, Yorkshire
It looks like giant golf balls on an expanse of north English moor,
but the military base at Menwith Hill is "the most secret US base
in Britain. It's unaccountable, unlawful and undemocratic. It's integral
to US plans to fight in and through space. It's the world's largest
spy base and it's getting bigger..."
Hill spy base near Harrogate in North Yorkshire, England, is the largest
electronic monitoring station in the world. Run by the National Security
Agency (NSA) of the United States, it is one of a global network of
Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) bases, which monitors the world's communications
and relays information to NSA HQ at Fort Meade in Maryland, USA. The
NSA was set up by Presidential decree in 1952 without any debate in
the US Congress. Until a few years ago, the existence of the NSA was
a secret and its charter and any mention of its duties are still classified.
The American people know very little about it - and they know even less
about Menwith Hill."
is perhaps the most powerful intelligence gathering organization in
the world. Several credible reports suggest that this global electronic
communications surveillance system presents an extreme threat to the
privacy of people all over the world. According to these reports, ECHELON
attempts to capture staggering volumes of satellite, microwave, cellular
and fiber-optic traffic, including communications to and from North
America. This vast quantity of voice and data communications are then
processed through sophisticated filtering technologies. This massive
surveillance system apparently operates with little oversight. Moreover,
the agencies that purportedly run ECHELON have provided few details
as to the legal guidelines for the project. Because of this, there is
no way of knowing if ECHELON is being used illegally to spy on private
citizens. This site is designed to encourage public discussion of this
potential threat to civil liberties, and to urge the governments of
the world to protect our rights."
Menwith Hillwomen's peace camp (photo: Anne Lee)
Women's camps "WoMenwith Hill"
"In 1993 Helen
John (from Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp) helped establish a monthly
weekend peace camp outside Menwith Hill, on the NW corner ('Windy Corner')
of the base, near the Main Gate [ 64 ]. A spectacular silver moonbow
on the night of 30 January 1994 inspired the name 'Moonbow Corner' for
a second campsite on the more visible SE corner of the base alongside
the major A59 road. In May 1994 a ten day "Amazon Festival" was attended
by over 100 women - despite the rain there were many excursions onto
the base. On the last day the sun shone and 6 women stayed on to set
up the full-time "Womenwith Hill" peace camp..."
For the history of peace camps at Mentwith Hill:
Examples of women's
action for peace:
1996: Sellafield, UK
of the Women's Peace Camp in Sellafield is to break the nuclear-military
chain, and to stop violence against women and against the earth. The
women's camp outside the Sellafield Visitors Centre on the last weekend
of every second month. With its colorful banners, information displays
and placards, the camp is a visible symbol for workers, visitors and
the local people. They also take non-violent direct action: they peacefully
trespass on the site many times, distributing leaflets in offices, sometimes
committing damage. They also blockade and stop workers entering the
plant, thus impeding site operations. They also hold vigils to remember
those who have died and suffered as a result of radioactive emissions.
Links und Actions:
Menwith Hill base, Yorkshire, Britain
blockade and demonstration, Friday, March 19th, 2004
for information: http://www.blockthebase.org.uk/
Bombs Are Good Business, for Some: NATO´s war machinery
is built on its plunder of the rest of the world, the environment and
of war is simple, " writes German peace activist Ellen Diederich,
"it is good for the economy -- or at least some economies."
She looks at the meanings and effects of war and asks us to " Imagine
thousands of engineers educated to work for conversion of the arms industry
into civil production, oriented towards the needs of human beings and
This article, written
after the NATO bombing of Serbia, first appeared in the May 1999 issue
of "WEDO NEWS & VIEWS." It won the "Dawn-Prize"
from the U.S.-based Women's International News Gathering Service",
(WINGS) for the hottest report of the year.
to "women and peace"