Subject: [fem-women2000 232] IWTC Women's GlobalNet #144
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IWTC Women's GlobalNet #144
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide

By Anne S. Walker, Megan Burke and Isha Dyfan

April 13, 2000


This issue of IWTC Women's GlobalNet focuses on women in peace building 
and peace making activities worldwide.  PEACE was one of the three 
corner-stones on which International Women's Year (1975) and The Decade 
for Women (1976-1985) were built, the other two being Equality and 
Development. Yet PEACE did not quite make it into the Beijing Platform 
for Action as one of the 12 Critical Areas of Concern. Instead, we have 
Women and Armed Conflict, which has become the gathering point for women 
peace activists in the years since Beijing. 

However, we women would like to see PEACE centre-stage once more , and  
there has been considerable planning and strategizing to make PEACE a 
core issue at the forthcoming UN General Assembly Special Session 
(UNGASS) on Beijing Plus Five (June 5-9, 2000). 

We began by taking our concerns to The Hague Appeal for Peace, a world 
conference organized and undertaken by Civil Society in May 1999. With 
workshops on gender perspectives around peace issues, a kaleidoscope of 
dance, song, impassioned speeches, Global Kids art and murals, and 
brightly-coloured  hands raised for peace lining the stairways and 
byways of the conference building, representing the words of women from 
every world region, women made themselves felt loud and clear.

In July, 1999 The Hague Agenda for Peace and Justice was accepted as an 
official  UN document  (Ref: A/54/98 -available on-line at 
<>). The Agenda supports the promotion of 
gender justice, the elimination of violence against women in times of 
armed conflict, the engendering of peace building and the promotion of 
human security. The Agenda from the Hague Appeal for Peace provides a 
firm foundation for  reinstating PEACE as a core issue within the 
current review and analysis of implementation of the Beijing Platform 
for Action.

Here are some examples of PEACE initiatives and activities being 
undertaken by women worldwide.

1. Voices from the Peace Front: 

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the 
International Women's Tribune Centre (IWTC) and the Center for the 
Strategic  Initiatives of Women (CSIW) are bringing women peace 
activists to New York at the time of the  Beijing Plus Five Special 
Session, to participate in and make a difference to the review process. 
As voices from the front,  these women activists have much to offer 
within this process, and they will assist in developing strategies to 
maintain the pressure on governments to implement their commitments. 
After the Special Session, the women will participate in  a week of 
training and sharing skills,  designed to build on best organizational 
practices, conflict resolution skills and access to information and 
communication technologies.  Contact: Isha Dyfan, WILPF/UN, Fax: (1-212) 
286-8211. Email: Web-site: 

2. NGO Women and Armed Conflict Caucus offers  8 recommendations  at 
Briefing for UN Security Council  Members 

During the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the UN Special Session 
for Beijing + 5, the Women and Armed Conflict Caucus actively engaged 
government representatives in two briefings as a critical part of their 
lobbying activities.  During a speech given on March 8, 2000, 
(International Women's Day), Amb. Chowdhury, President of the Security 
Council (SC) for March, reinforced the UN commitment to mainstream 
gender in all policies at all levels of armed conflict work.  Later, on 
March 15, 2000, as ways of accomplishing this goal, the NGO Women and 
Armed Conflict Caucus offered  8 recommendations  to representatives of 
the SC attending a special briefing. These included the convening of an 
open SC session focussed on women in armed conflict and peace-making. 
The President of the Council responded that Bangladesh is currently 
working to arrange such an open session but that this will require the 
support of other SC members. 

3. Women Building Peace: From the Village Council to the Negotiating 

International Alert has launched the Women Building Peace campaign to 
ensure that women are at the heart of peace building and peace agenda 
activities worldwide.  During the UN Millennium Assembly in September 
2000, International Alert will award 3 organizations and individuals the 
Millennium Peace Prize for Women.  These awards will be given to those 
who have promoted women's human rights in conflict and post-conflict 
situations and advanced women's leadership in peace-building processes 
at the community, national and/or international levels.

Nominations for the Peace Prize are invited from individuals, women's 
organizations and groups involved in peace-building and related 
activities, with a deadline of May 1, 2000 for nominations to be 
received. For nomination forms or other information, contact the Women 
Building Peace Campaign Secretariat at: Fax: (44-171) 793-7975. Email: 
< .    Web-site: 

4. A Global Group of Women Human Rights and Peace Activists Redefine 

The Network for Gender and Human Security aims to revolutionize the way 
our governments work to make us safe. This group describes traditional 
security as militarized international security- protection for states 
but not for people. To achieve Human Security governments must take a 
more holistic approach to making people feel safe by meeting the 
fundamental needs of all members of society. To link up with this 
network, contact:  Gwen Kirk <>, Margo Okazawa-Rey or Betty Reardon <> 

5. Living Memorial to Widows of War Web-site to be unveiled April 30, 

The Widows of War Living Memorial Web-site offers widows of all wars a 
place to record and share their stories with people throughout the 
world.  When people visit the site and read the widows' stories, they 
can gain a new understanding of war through this personal perspective. 
It is through these individual connections that peace and reconciliation 
are forged.  If you are a war widow, register your name and tell your 
story to help build this living memorial. Web-site: 

6. UNESCO Supports Women's Initiatives for Peace:

The UNESCO Women and a Culture of Peace Programme (WCP) will hold 
several events to commemorate the Year for a Culture of Peace. WCP aims 
to empower women for democratic participation in political processes and 
develop gender-sensitive socialization and training for non-violence. 
For a list of conferences and meetings related to all UNESCO and other 
UN agency Gender and Peace events for 2000, visit their web-site at: or contact:  
Ingeborg Breines, Director, WCP, UNESCO, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 
Paris 07 SP, France.  E-mail: Fax: (33-45) 

7. New Resources Highlight Women's Roles in Peacemaking

Women, Ink.  has several books available  that deal with Women and 
Peace, and Booklink #10 (the Women, Ink monthly email update) featured 
many of these. Full descriptions and ordering information for new 
releases will be available in the forthcoming supplement to the Women, 
Ink 2000 Catalogue. Contact  Women, Ink. at:  Fax: (1-212) 661-2704. 
E-mail: <>. Web-site: (Secure 
ordering site. Credit cards accepted).

Beginning with this issue of IWTC Women's GlobalNet, we will be 
featuring specific titles of interest available through Women, Ink.  The 
featured title for this issue is:
States of Conflict: Gender, Violence and Resistance, eds. Susie Jacobs, 
Ruth Jacobson, and Jennifer Marchbank, 2000, 246 pages.

This publication explores the nature of conflict at different levels and 
across national and social spaces from a gender perspective. Through 
case studies and articles, the contributors deliver insightful analyses 
of violence at the global, state and community levels, and connect this 
to violence against women at very personal levels, most often behind 
closed doors.
Published in 2000. 246 pages. ISBN 1-85649-656-2. WE505V. US$25.00 

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