Women Lead to Peace


December 10, 2013

Dear Peacemaker,

After three years of horrendous fighting, a death toll now exceeding 100,000 and more than seven million Syrians forced to leave their homes, Syrian peace talks will finally take place at the United Nations in Montreux, Switzerland on January 22, 2014.

We are excited to announce that CODEPINK and a coalition of women’s groups have launched Women Lead to Peace, a global alliance of women’s organizations calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, humanitarian aid for the refugees, and the full participation of women at the peace negotiations. We will be mobilizing a physical presence of hundreds of women from all over the world to meet in Switzerland from January 20-22. Will you make a donation to help send women who can affect peace to the talks?

Women will arrive in Montreux by January 20, 2014 to plan and learn from each other. On January 21, we will hold a Summit with testimonies from Syrian women and humanitarian aid workers, testimonies from women from countries that made the transition from war to peace (such as Liberia, Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda) and testimonies from Arab women who have been leaders in non-violent struggles in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia. The summit will end by modeling what the next day could and should look like. On January 22, the day of the official peace talks, participants will be inside and out with creative, beautiful and exciting protests.

This invitation is open to all peace-loving people. If you want to endorse as an organization or an individual, email Perrine. This is our opportunity to amplify the voices of women from all over the world, especially from conflict zones. You can make it happen, by donating today to help us reach our goal.

With courage to make women’s voices heard,

Alli, Kelleen, Janet, Jeremy, Jodie, Linda, Lisa, Medea, Nancy K, Nancy M, Noor, Roqayah, Sergei, and Tighe

P.S.: Today on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and recall his struggle and imprisonment for justice & equality. Today, we also celebrate the truth-telling of Pvt. Manning as she serves a 35-year prison sentence. She turns 26 on Dec. 17! Post or send us a Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning photo or message of support!
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