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We Celebrate the Women Who Have Preceded Us

Saturday 25 September 2021, by siawi3

Source: WIB Madrid

We Celebrate the Women Who Have Preceded Us

On 5 September 1981, Women for Life on Earth went to Greenham Common, Berkshire, England. Upon arriving after a march from Cardiff, they delivered a letter to the commandant of the base in which they requested a debate on the decision to locate 96 nuclear weapons there. After the rejection of their request, they settled in a Women’s Peace Camp which became one of the longest protests in recent history – up to the year 2000. During those 19 years, they created various working groups, carried out nonviolent actions both inside and outside the base, debated, imagined, created.

On 9 October 1991, patterning themselves on the Women in Black who had been in the streets for protests in Israel for three years, a group of women in Belgrade gathered in the streets of their city to protest the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, militarism, nationalism and violence against women. Thus began Žene u Crnom (Women in Black Against War). Since the wars of the former Yugoslavia, they worked to create bridges between the women of one side and the other, have denounced the militarism and fascism of “their own people”; have prompted the ‘Tribunal of Women of Sarajevo: Feminine Justice’ and have worked to find ways of understanding one another and rebuilding the bonds in all of the former Yugoslavia.

In various historical and life experience contexts, women have gone out to protest for peace, and they have done it with a woman’s perspective, seeking other forms of activism that take into account the lives and interests of women, creating other ways to carry out policies.

On the 40th anniversary of the Women’s Peace Camp and the 30th of Žene u Crnom, Women in Black Against War of Madrid want to:

· Recognize the work of the women who have preceded us.

· Express our appreciation for all we have learned from these and other women who have worked for peace from a feminist perspective.

· Invite all people who want to work to improve the world to reflect on the need to take into account the perspective of women in any social struggle.

Madrid, 26th of September 2021.

Translation: Trisha Novak, USA