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November 25, 2012

Malian women oppose "proxy war" in country and region

In a manifesto to be presented to international and UN leaders before a Security Council meeting on Monday, November 26 in NYC, leading Malian women call for a negotiated peace based on a national dialogue.

Introduction to the Manifesto:

"From the dramatic situation in Mali comes a terrible reality seen in other countries in conflict: the instrumentalisation of acts of violence against women to justify interference and wars of greed for the riches of their countries. African women must know this and make it known.

"Just as the amputation of two thirds of Mali's territory and the imposition of sharia on the populations of the occupied regions are humanly inacceptable, so too is the instrumentalisation of this situation, and the fate of women, morally indefensible and politically intolerable.

"In this situation we, women of Mali, have an historic role to play, here and now, to defend our human rights against three forms of fundamentalism: the religious, through radical Islam; the economic, through the commercialization of everything; and policies of formal democracy, corrupt and corrupting.

"We invite all those in our country, in Africa and elsewhere who feel concerned about our liberation from these fundamentalisms to join their voices with ours and say "No" to the proxy war looming on the horizon. The following arguments justify this refusal." ...

Download the 8 page paper, translated by WLOE from the French original.

Website in Mali with French original here: http://www.foram-forum-mali.org/