WHO ARE WE?
Women Wage Peace was founded in the summer of 2014 in the aftermath of Operation Protective Edge.
WWP is the largest grassroots movement in Israel whose purpose is to promote a political agreement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Today the movement has more than 43,000 members.
The movement has 2 main goals:
- To promote a political agreement as a strategic solution to the Israeli – Palestinian conflict
The aim of the movement is to bring about the resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict by means of an honorable, non-violent and mutually acceptable agreement. We know that conflicts end with an agreement and we know that this is possible with the Israeli- Palestinian conflict as well.
- To include women in all aspects of decision making as mandated by UN Resolution 1325 – This resolution recognizes the fact that women are a key to promoting sustainable peace processes and ending violent conflict; therefore it is obligatory to include women in all aspects of decision making especially regarding issues of peace and security.
The movement is not affiliated with any political party and its members include women from diverse communities within Israeli society: right, center and left; religious and secular; Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin; young women and older women; women from the center of the country and from the periphery. The movement does not support any one particular solution to the conflict.
The movement is composed of thousands of volunteers, organized within a framework of both regional teams, as well as professional teams, dealing with Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Communication, Digital, Government Engagement, Reaching out to Palestinian and International Women, Projects, Diversity, Budget, Training, National Coordinators, and Logistics.
WE ARE NOT STOPPING UNTIL THERE’S AN AGREEMENT!
WE WAGE PEACE WITH MASS EVENTS
In November, 2014 we launched the movement with a train ride to Sderot with 1000 women;
3000 women surrounded the Knesset demanding a peace initiative.
A year after Operation Protective Edge, we set up a tent outside the Prime Minister’s residence for 50 days where hundreds of women fasted and thousands came to demonstrate their support;
We held our March of Hope: 30,000 women and men, Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Arabs from all over the country marched over two weeks from the North to Jerusalem; at the same time there were many solidarity events throughout the world.
At the initiative of WWP, Knesset members established the Women’s Caucus for Peace and Security at the Knesset.
In May, 2017 during President Donald Trump’s visit to Israel we created a human poster, Ready for Peace
We held our Journey to Peace, a two week journey throughout the country
We set up the Mothers’ Tent opposite the Knesset where we hosted Knesset members and public figures
On the International Day of Peace, thousands marched in Jerusalem and then gathered for a very rally and mass singing.
We proposed a bill, “Political Alternatives First,” to oblige those in power to allocate time, funds and manpower to examine political alternatives on routine and emergency.
We held The International Congress of Women Wage Peace: Removing Barriers to Peace in the Middle East.
WE WAGE PEACE EVERY DAY
During the four years of activity, we’ve held many events throughout the country with the participation of thousands of citizens. We’ve held parlor meetings and discussion groups; we screen a movie about the successful struggle of Liberian women for peace; we’ve stood firmly at intersections throughout the country; we’ve participated in panel discussions and conferences; we’ve lobbied for peace among Knesset members and other public figures and we’ve participate in discussions at Knesset committee meetings.