Women Lead to Peace

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 in Switzerland on January 22, 2014.

In response, CODEPINK and a coalition of women's groups have launched Women Lead to Peace, a global alliance of women and male allies calling for an immediate ceasefire in Syria, an embargo on arms sales, greater humanitarian aid for the refugees and displaced, and the full participation of women at the peace negotiations. The group mobilized a physical presence in Geneva and Montreux from January 20-22, for a Women Lead to Peace Summit. We are now working to keep the Syrian women's voice in the negotiations, pushing for a cease-fire and access of humanitarian aid to all victims of the conflict.

UN Resolution 1325 states that the United Nations must recognize the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and promote their equal participation in all efforts to maintain and promote of peace and security. Women Lead to Peace is calling on Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN and Arab League Special Envoy to Syria, to ensure that this mandate is implemented at the Syrian peace talk table.

The people of Syria have suffered too much, for too long. Let's show them that we will take a stand to end the violence and alleviate the hardships they are enduring. Read a response to demands to include Syrian women at the negotiation table by Russian official Vladimir Sergeev.

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Latest News & Press Releases

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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, CODEPINK, Iara Lee, MADRE, Nobel Women's Initiative, Kvinna till Kvinna, and Karama

Luisa Morgantini, European Union former Vice President; Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize winner; Alice Walker, Author; Eve Ensler, Author, V-Day Founder; Geena Davis, Actress; Chris Hedges, Journalist; Shirin Ebadi, Judge, Lawyer, Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. See the full list here!

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