This film by No Women, No Peace, which is a campaign by Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) UK network, was shot on International Women’s Day 2011. It features activists speaking out for women in conflict areas. Many of the issues faced by women in conflict have been ignored, and brave women all over the world are actively trying to make their voices heard.
Speakers in the film in order of appearance: Nounou Booto, Enid Kakaire, Hilary Page, Natalie Sharples, Shelagh Daley and Helen Pankhurst.
8 March 2011 marked the centenary of International Women’s Day and WILPF members celebrated in style! International WILPF released a powerful statement, expressing solidarity with all those organising for peace, justice and freedom across the world.
In the UK branches in Sheffield and Orpington held lunchtime stalls, where shoppers signed letters to the Prime Minister to protest the heavy impact of government spending cuts on women. In Sheffield over 50 letters were signed, while in Orpington there were queues of people who agreed that the planned cuts are unnecessary and unfair to women.
In London WILPF members attended the Million Women Rise march on Saturday 5 March and joined with Women for Women International for the Join Me On the Bridge event on International Women’s Day itself. An exciting event where women in 60 countries held events to stand together for peace and an end to violence.
We continue to ask, what would you invest in? 4 billion dollars a day in global military spending or 2928 years of the UN Women’s Agency? Bombs or healthcare? tanks or schools? Security does not come from the barrel of a gun.
UK WILPF members marched in the Million Women Rise march in London on Saturday 5 March 2011. United with women around the globe, this demonstration called for an end to violence against women. This march from Hyde Park to a rally in Trafalgar Square was the largest women-only march since the suffragettes with 10,000 women in attendance. Kongosi Mussanzi and Marie-Claire Faray were among the speakers at the rally, highlighting the situation of violence against women in Eastern DRC.