No women, no peace. - your new years resolution

 

Dear readers,

Happy New Year! We are now back in the office after a long Christmas break, and raring to go for 2013.

We have started updating our calendar on the website, so get some dates down in your diary to take part in talks, discussions and actions to promote, defend and realise women’s rights. The calendar is a work in progress, so please do send us any events that we have missed.

With the UK assuming presidency of the G8, the start of the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, and violence against women making headline news in the UK there has never been a more important time to advocate, defend and support the women who are demanding their rights in Afghanistan. We need to keep the no women, no peace. momentum going. For this, we are working hard on developing the campaign asks, and will publish soon where we will be focussing our influence this year.

There is a lot of work to be done – lobbying MPs to champion women’s participation in peacebuilding, advocating for greater resources to be applied to the work and mobilising with activists across the world to hold the international community to account. We hope that this year, you will make no women, no peace. your new year resolution;

Be part of the campaign this year.

Be a part of International Women’s Day.

Roll up your sleeves and get involved.

We need to hold the international community to account, to make sure that they don’t leave Afghan women behind in the political settlements, and we need to make some noise to let them know that we will continue to stand in solidarity with them.

If you need any persuading, a fantastic blog post by Lee Webster (@leepster) of Womankind Worldwide wisely stated;

‘Even in countries that are not considered ‘at war’, violence against women can trigger instability, and the fear of violence permeates women’s existence, restricting their mobility, and ability to participate fully in society. For peace to be a reality for everyone, women must be able to live free from fear and violence.’

Keep your eyes on our blog, twitter feed, and facebook for more information on how to get involved with the campaign.

Warmest,

Rhiannon at ­No women, no peace.


added by Rhiannon 11.01.13
No women, no peace. is a campaign by Gender Action for Peace and Security UK network
 GAPS UK Coalition       
Campaign Members:
   International action network on small arms              CARE International             Amnesty International            International Alert                   Action Aid            Women for peace through democracy         una_uk_blue_low_resNorthern Ireland Women's European Platform
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