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Next week, WILPF will be celebrating U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325’s 10th anniversary at the “Women Preventing War – Promoting Peace” fair in New York. Meanwhile, our Advancing Women as Peacemakers speaking tour is traveling the West coast until the end of October, exploring the implications of 1325. Not on either coast? There are still lots of ways to get involved, as you’ll see in this issue of the e-Newsletter. Here’s one thing you can do from anywhere – in October the Dear Hillary project is working to prioritize the crisis in the Congo and you can help! We’re also celebrating Elizabeth Partridge, a recent winner of a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. Partridge is the author of Marching for Freedom. In her moving acceptance speech she reminds all of us to send our politicians a strong message in the upcoming midterm elections. Wherever your are - get out and vote.
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The Dear Hillary Campaign for the Congo is working to end the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the DRC by sending Secretary of State Clinton 10,000 postcards on her October 26th birthday. The postcards urge her to act on Public Law 109-456 – the DRC Relief, Security, and Democracy Act of 2006. WILPF’s Advancing Women as Peacemakers project explores U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 and how it can contribute to ending the conflict in the DRC, as well as demilitarizing U.S. global policy. This WILPF project promotes awareness of SCR 1325 among women in the U.S. We are rallying women to actively assert themselves in international policy debates, especially those that involve the allocation of resources to meet human security needs. We encourage you to join us in this important work. Send your postcard to Hillary today!
—Inés Alberdi addressing United Nations Security Council, October 2009
Security Council Resolution 1325 is 10 years old! Help WILPF celebrate by attending the “Women Preventing War – Promoting Peace” anniversary fair next week (Oct. 25 – 29) in New York. This special event will feature several key WILPF leaders, including: Annie Matundu Mbambi (Chair of WILPF-DRC) speaking on “Women and Conflict Prevention: Why participation and disarmament matter,” WILPF member Theresa deLangis (from Women, Peace and Governance, previously with UNIFEM-Afghanistan), and WILPF Secretary General Madeleine Rees. Can’t make it to New York? The anniversary will be marked with the official launch of WILPF’s Peace and Security Handbook, an analysis of how the U.N. Security Council's country resolutions have reflected the language and intent of SCR 1325. The fair is being sponsored by several groups, including WILPF’s PeaceWomen.
Doing research for her new book Marching for Freedom, author Elizabeth Partridge discovered hundreds of children and young adults in Selma, Alabama had been jailed, tear-gassed, and beaten in their efforts to help win black Americans the right to vote in 1965. In November, 2008, she flew to Alabama to interview some of them, and was there on Election Night. Partridge spoke about her work and the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award it received at a recent ceremony in New York. “As we anxiously waited to hear who would be our next president, we walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in a silent, candlelit vigil,” she said in her acceptance speech. “Suddenly somebody called out, ‘Obama’s taken Pennsylvania,’ and then we knew he would win the election. People burst out cheering and yelling and crying.” You can learn more about Partridge’s remarkable book here; reading it we should all be inspired to remember to vote next month in the mid-term elections! Partridge said, “While Marching for Freedom is clearly a book about civil rights, it’s fundamentally about democracy, with its cornerstone of the right to vote.”