Women Wage Peace March for Hope and a Better Future for Israelis and Palestinians

Categories: Letters from the Leadership

Ameinu has actively supported the grassroots women’s peace movement Women Wage Peace (WWP) since its founding shortly after the 2014 war between Hamas and Israel.  At a time where the movement for peace between Israelis and Palestinians has stalled and so many are despairing about the future, WWP stands as a possible game changer and a ray of hope.  WWP is unique because of its conviction that women peace-makers can create a broad-based movement that breaks the mold of an Israeli peace movement.  And so, WWP is not a traditional peace organization of the political Left, but is home to thousands of women from across the spectrum – Jewish and Arab, religious and secular, Ashkenazi and Mizrachi, the center and the periphery, immigrants and native born, cities, kibbutzim, development towns and West Bank settlements.

Today, WWP is in the middle of its most dramatic event yet – The March of Hope.  The March began just after Rosh Hashanah and will culminate on October 19th on Sukkot.  Today, women are marching from all corners of Israel educating in communities along the way and engaging new activists to join the movement.  Palestinian and Israeli women will be marching together.  Palestinian women will march in the West Bank and will join with their sisters from Jordan. And solidarity marches are being organized across the United States, and in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, France, Italy, Germany and elsewhere.

On Sukkot the March will end at Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem where the WWP activists will be joined by Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee, leader of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace and a key inspiration for WWP.   At the end of the March, WWP will establish a Peace Tent and will immediately begin “Day After” activities to demand a negotiated settlement with the Palestinians, prioritization of peace by the government of Israel and full participation of women in all aspects of peace-making.

 

Check Out News About the March of Hope

More background on the activities of the March can be found here.

Read the latest news on the March:

New York Times: Group staging 2-week-long march to call for peace accord between Israel and Palestinians

Haaretz: 2,000 Women Begin Two-week March for Peace to End in Mass Rally in Jerusalem

Jewish-Arab Women’s Peace Group Delivers Political Message While Avoiding Politics

Times of Israel: Hundreds of women march on Jerusalem for peace

More news about the March will be added to Ameinu’s Women Wage Peace Project Page, which includes numerous resources about the people and projects of WWP…

Watch WWP and the March of Hope in Action

View a moving video about WWP: https://www.ameinu.net/blog/ameinu-video/women-wage-peace-in-action/

 

After the March, WWP Will Stay the Course Until There is a Negotiated Peace

Learn more about WWP’s plans for “The Day After” for peace.

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