Solidarity with Women of Syria this Sat + other upcoming events

This Saturday, 8th March, Syria Peace & Justice will be joining the Million Women Rise march in central London on International Women’s Day 2014, in support of women and children from Syria affected by and seeking to end ALL forms of violence against them, both inside the country and as refugees in other countries.*

We will meet at 11.45am outside Bond Street tube station (NOT the exit by the West One shopping centre, but the OTHER exit a bit further up, in the direction of Oxford Circus). Once assembled, we will move off to join the main assembly, where we will leaflet and mingle and hold up placards.

If you are running late, you can call me (Dan) on my mobile to find out where we are: 07506 234 091. (Please call rather than text, if possible.)

Hope you can join us.

*See below for the text we will be handing out on the day.

Other upcoming Syria Peace & Justice events for your diary:Wednesday 12 March – Next Syria Peace and Justice group planning meeting at
London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fieldgate St (corner of Parfett St), Whitechapel, 6.30pm for 7pm start, until approx. 9pm.

Wednesday 19 March – ‘Peace and Justice for Syria – How Can It be Achieved?’ – See below for further details.

Peace and Justice for Syria: How Can It Be Achieved?

Wednesday 19th March 2014, 6.30-9.30pm
Venue: London Action Resource Centre, 62 Fielgate St (corner of Parfett St), London E1 1ES
(Nearest tube: Whitechapel / Aldgate East  / Aldgate)
Map: http://tinyurl.com/k3qajlh

An evening of talks from UK-based Syrians, short films and discussion concerning the current conflict in Syria, with an aim of providing some objective clarity on the situation and addressing practical steps we can take to help achieve a just peace in the country.

In peace and solidarity,
Dan

https://syriapeaceandjustice.wordpress.com

E-mail: syriapeaceandjustice [at] gmail.com
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Twitter: @syriapj

Text of flyer to be given out on Million Women Rise London march on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2014:

SOLIDARITY with the WOMEN of SYRIA

On International Women’s Day 2014, Syria Peace & Justice joins the Million Women Rise march in London calling for an end to all male violence, and in particular against women and children.

Since March 2011, women and men in Syria have been rising up against a violent and oppressive regime, in pursuit of their freedom, dignity, human rights and social justice. Women have faced the added challenge of overcoming oppressive patriarchal structures that seek to limit their free movement and expression.

While non-violent activists in Syria have struggled for liberation and change for the benefit of society as a whole, they have faced extreme violence and brutality by government and allied forces, as well as by opportunistic religious extremist factions, some of them of foreign origin. The latter have employed oppressive and violent means in order to pursue their political goals and enforce their ideologies.

In addition to the horrendous and frequently indiscriminate violence against women and children perpetrated by the forces of the government and its allies, women living in areas under the control of extremist factions face daily violations of their rights and struggle to meet their and their children’s essential needs. There is the constant risk of abduction, punishment for failure to abide by religious dress codes, and restrictions on access to education. Such repressive behaviour historically often leads to the total degeneration of rights for women and girls.

The situation for the people of Syria in general remains critical, with over 250,000 living under siege, 9.3 million in need of humanitarian assistance, and a further 2.5 million living as refugees, the vast majority of whom are women and children.

During times of conflict and disaster, violence against women and children tends to increase as oppressive social dynamics become more extreme. It is to be welcomed that in November 2012, the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development called for an end to violence against women and children in such situations, as is the UK Government’s Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative that sets out to end impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war. There remains, however, a great need for further progress in this area.

We believe that the fundamental change needed in human society is essentially born of the choice to create an environment of a sustained and just peace. Join us as we aim to contribute to this process through a raising of awareness and encouraging conscious personal and societal progress, through peaceful individual and collective action. All those in sympathy with our aims are most welcome to join us.

Syria Peace & Justice

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