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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Actions and Campaigns

The Bil'in Popular Committee is holding the 2nd Annual Conference on Popular Non-violent Joint Struggle, April 18–20th, 2007 — Bil’in, West Bank. Participants will stay with families in Bil’in. The cost of the conference is 15 Euros (roughly $20) per day. This price includes room and board. To register, send an email to Bil'in is easily the centre of of the most creative thinking about grassroots nonviolent direct action.

International Day in Solidarity with the People of Haiti (February 7, 2007). Contact the Feb. 7th Organizing Committee at 510-847-8657 or to add your name.

Mission to Zimbabwe

The members of the African Solidarity team from seven African countries visited Zimbabwe between 27 November - 1 December 2006. Despite frequent human rights abuses by the Government of Zimbabwe on its people, the Solidarity Team found that there has been insignificant intervention from governments and civil society in the region and beyond. In addition to a number of recommendations directed to the Government of Zimbabwe, they urged international partners to support the democratic reform of governance institutions in Zimbabwe and to continue to offer practical solidarity and tangible assistance to the government and people of Zimbabwe.

For information on lists of Israeli-made consumer goods to boycott, facts on apartheid, and information about boycott, divestment and sanctions, check out:

JWCEO (Jewish Women's Committee to End the Occupation of the West Bank Toronto-based feminist organisation of Jewish Canadian women, founded in 1989) holds vigils on Fridays outside the Canada Israel Committee office and the Israeli consulate in Toronto.

The Canadian Peace Alliance

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991. Participants chose the dates, November 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and December 10, International Human Rights Day, in order to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights. This 16-day period also highlights other significant dates including November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, December 1, World AIDS Day, and December 6, which marks the Anniversary of the Montreal Massacre.

The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women by:

  • raising awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels;

  • strengthening local work around violence against women;

  • establishing a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women;

  • providing a forum in which organizers can develop and share new and effective strategies;

  • demonstrating the solidarity of women around the world organizing against violence against women;

  • creating tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women;

Since 1991, approximately 1,700 organizations in 130 countries have participated in the 16 Days Campaign!

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