WHO ARE WE – WOMEN WAGE PEACE?
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, involving women in the process (in the spirit of UN Resolution 1325). Today the movement has more than 44,000 members
THE GOAL OF OUR MOVEMENT
To bring about the resolution of the Israeli Palestinian conflict by means of an honorable, non-violent and mutually acceptable agreement, with the participation of women from diverse groups of the population in Israel, in accordance with UN Resolution 1325.
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 Government Engagement, Foreign Affairs, Internal Affairs, Media, Digital, Projects, Strategy, Diversity, and more.
WE WAGE PEACE EVERY DAY
During the four years of activity, we’ve held thousands of events throughout the country with the participation of thousands of citizens. We hold parlor meetings and discussion groups; we screen the movie about the successful struggle of Liberian women for peace; we stand at many intersections throughout the country; we participate in panel discussions and conferences; we maintain ties with Knesset members and other public figures and participate in various discussions at Knesset committee meetings.
WAGING PEACE WITH MAJOR EVENTS
In November, 2014 we launched the movement with a train ride to Sderot with 1000 women. In the winter of 2015, 3000 women surrounded the Knesset demanding a peace initiative. During the summer of 2015, 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. During the summer of 2016 we held our March of Hope: tens of thousands of women and men, from all over the country marched for two weeks from the North to Jerusalem; at the same time there were many solidarity events throughout the world. At the initiative of WWP, female 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 and in October 2017 we held our Journey to Peace, a two-week journey throughout the country.
In 2018 we set up the Mothers’ Tent opposite the Knesset throughout the summer session where we held discussions and hosted Knesset members and public figures. We sponsored regional discussion circles with “beach mat events” at the Olga Beach and in Ramat Gan. On September 20th, 2018, on the International Day of Peace, we organized a huge event where thousands marched in Jerusalem from Jaffa Gate to Independence Park. The march ended with a Mass Singing event and a moving ceremony.
With the opening session of the last Knesset we initiated a bill, “Political Alternatives First,” a law to oblige those in power, in routine times and during emergencies to examine political alternatives for resolving the conflict, and to allocate time, funds and manpower for looking for political solutions: Political Alternatives First is a bill which is supported by many experts and public figures.
In November 2018 we held “The International Congress of Women Wage Peace”: Removing Barriers to Peace in the Middle East. Hundreds of young adults participated and listened to a diverse group of fascinating speakers. Before the Congress, a Hackathon for discovering solutions to these barriers was held with 50 young adults from all over the country.
During the summer of 2019, we marched again from the North to Sderot in our Journey to Peace 2019, with the message: “We are not giving up on the South, we are not giving up on security, we are not giving up on our children’s future”.
In 2019, throughout the election campaigns, we demanded that the Israel-Palestinian conflict be on the agenda; we also demanded fair representation of women in all the parties. During the year we also held a training program to broaden the knowledge base regarding UN Resolution1325 as well as the issue of gender and security in Israel today.
Before the elections in 2020, we travelled in convoys from all over the country calling on all the candidates to promote a political agreement.
During the Corona crisis, we held online discussions, stood on balconies and called for solidarity, peace, equality and democracy.
We also joined other women’s organizations demanding the inclusion of influential women in the Corona Committee. We initiated events, with Women Lawyers for Social Justice and other organizations, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325; the highlight of these events was an emergency rally in Jerusalem with this message: Enough! No Decisions Without Women! We demanded the immediate implementation of Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security.
With the establishment of the new government, we began a campaign to prevent the annexation and return to negotiations. We also continued to promote the bill Political Alternatives First, which was presented to the Knesset in December 2020.
During 2020 Women Wage peace was granted special consultative status to the United Nations, enabling us to participate in events of UN organizations which are relevant to our movement, to broaden cooperation with other countries and organizations abroad as well as opportunities for mobilizing resources for future cooperative efforts.
Before the elections of 2021, we stood at intersections and called on all parties to include women in their party lists. We established a “Degree of Peace” to grade the attitude of candidates towards a peace agreement with the Palestinians. We also held a series of meetings with the residents of the region near Gaza.
Recently we raised over a million shekel through a crowdfunding campaign which will enable us to continue our activities and promote these initiatives:
Regional summit – Yes. It’s Possible! Planning and holding a regional peace conference with the participation of leaders and policy makers from the region and the world in cooperation with Palestinian peace activists.
Transferring the message to the Israeli public – a research- based campaign to counter those beliefs which prevent support for a peace agreement.
For the Sake of the South – establishment of a Civil Cabinet composed of people from diverse backgrounds and organizations, predominantly from the area near Gaza. The Cabinet will emphasize the volatile situation in the South, the price paid by residents on a daily basis and the constant threat of another round of violence. The Cabinet will demand that the decision makers promote a solution to ensure peace and security for all residents.
Peace Exhibits – creating sculptures and displays in places that represent peace and co-existence.
WE ARE NOT STOPPING UNTIL THERE’S AN AGREEMENT!