May 262011
 

Via the Nobel Women’s Initiative:

“Dear Friends;

  • Did you know that up 500,000 women were raped during the Rwandan genocide?
  • Did you know that over 64,000 women were raped in Sierra Leone?
  • Did you know that over 40,000 women were raped in Bosnia-Herzegovina?
  • Did you know that thousands of women are raped every day in Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo?

Enough is enough.
Thursday is our international day of action against sexual violence in conflict.

Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire will TAKE A STAND to end rape in war. We urge you to TAKE A STAND in your home country and join us virtually.

Following the unprecedented conference in Montebello, Quebec where they hosted over 120 women from around the world to discuss strategies to address sexual violence, the Laureates will be TAKING A STAND in Ottawa – addressing Canadian parliamentarians and urging them to take the lead to end rape in war.  Together – through online action – we can also take this message to governments all over the world.

Take  a stand:

  • Go to the UN Action Stop Rape Now website at http://bit.ly/m4GiDb and download the sample letter asking your elected official for increased action against sexual violence in conflict – and send it! Tell your government you are TAKING A STAND!
  • Write a blog post, tweet or share on Facebook. We will be posting videos and live-tweeting throughout the day – letting you know what ACTION we are taking.
  • Make sure to check the NWI blog and follow the #endrapeinwar hashtag. Use it in your posts – lets make it trend!

Sample tweets:

  • Hundreds  of women will be raped today. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging to #endrapeinwar http://bit.ly/m4GiDb
  • Almost 48 women are raped every hour in Congo. TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your gvt urging to #endrapeinwar  http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Sample  Facebook posts:

  • As you sit at your computer right now, hundreds of women around the world are being raped as a strategic tactic of war. Tell your government: enough is enough! TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your elected official urging them to take action. link:  <http://bit.ly/m4GiDb> http://bit.ly/m4GiDb
  • Women  Nobel Peace Laureates are TAKING A STAND to end sexual violence in conflict. Why don’t you? Send a letter to your elected official urging them to be a leader by acting to end rape!
    link: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Make  sure you let us know when you have TAKEN A STAND by:

Women Nobel Laureates are taking a stand to #endrapeinwar . TAKE A STAND and send a letter to your government urging action: http://bit.ly/m4GiDb

Join us on Thursday. Together – we can move the earth.”

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 May 26, 2011  Posted by on May 26, 2011 Comments Off
May 232011
 

You know the feeling–it’s Monday afternoon and already you’re tired, stressed out and the weekend is so four days away. Maybe clicking on the links to these stories about very inspiring women will help:

FireDogLake interviews environmental activist Diane Wilson:

Well, I found out the hard way about what things worked to get corporations, agencies, and politicians attention. In Texas and especially the isolated rural place I was from, it certainly wasn’t working ‘inside the box’. I could have worked inside the box for the rest of my days, dotting every i and crossing every t and what i would have gained was a couple parts per million on chlorine or vinyl chloride. Nothing in fact. So, at the risk of losing my bay and an entire culture where I grew up, I took a risk—and did a hunger strike. That hunger strike worked because it was using a different kind of energy–i think it was heart energy, as gandhi talks about–and also it was something the corporations could not control. And it worked. i think we citizens of this globe need to get eyeball to eyeball with corporate ceo’s and tell them we will take NO MORE.

The Nobel Women’s Initiative’s “Women Forging A New Security:  Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict is happening now in Canada and is being live-blogged, well worth following.

Saudi women decide enough is enough and defy the Saudi ban on women driving.

83 year old peace activist  Jean Gump is awaiting sentencing in Tennessee.

Jean Gump

In her most recent protest, Gump and oth­er anti-nuclear protesters tres­passed July 5 at the Y-12 Na­tional Security Complex, ac­cording to a news release from U.S. Attor­ney William Killian’s office.

Jean will turn 84 in prison this week.  You can send her a card to this address:

Jean Gump
Blount County Adult Detention Center
920 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804-5002

Bertha Lewis, the former president of ACORN talks about her new project, the Black Institute,

dedicated to immigration reform, environmental justice, education and economic fairness.

Feeling better?  Okay, now get back to work and make it count!  And if you have a story about an inspiring women, add a link in the comments.

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 May 23, 2011  Posted by on May 23, 2011 Comments Off
May 062011
 

When Julia Ward Howe wrote her immortal Mother’s Day Proclamation, one wonders if she had any idea how relevant it would still be all these years later:

Arise, then, women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:
“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”
Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.

Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.

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 May 6, 2011  Posted by on May 6, 2011 Comments Off