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As you remember we asked your support last year to make it possible that Joana Bhalerao, a Dalit woman from
We are very please to tell you that Joana is turning out to be a leader in her community . The 8th of March is International Women's day. Therefore the organisation SEARCH of Pune in
Well our Joana from
The fact that we, with your help, could bring Joana to Jerusalem was just this very little help, but it turns out it is an important very little help because it was so much supporting her, and it also strengthen her role as a leader of her community...
In name of Joana and WiB Leuven we want to thank you all
Fundraising campaign Women in Black Leuven
First we want to thank you all for the support you gave after our call to help sent an extra woman from the South to the WiB conference in Jeruzalem.
This action was such a big succes. And we learn from it that, as for ourselves, you all find it important that the South can speack for herself
Thank you very much !
Unforseen circumstances made it impossible for Bernedette Muthien from South Africa to do her planned trip to Jeruzalem. As well Bernedette as we regret it very much.
BUT, your generous support to give a voice to the South moved us so much. And so we could, thanks to your help, carry all travel and living costs for Joana Bhalerao, a Dalit woman from Pune, India.
letter will be translated into english soon
actie: stem voor het zuiden op conferentie Vrouwen in 't Zwart Jeruzalem
Women in Black is a world-wide network of women who devote their selves to a just peace, against war, militarism, discrimination, homophobia, racism, injustice and all forms of violence.
Speaking about war and peace Women in ‘t Black declares: you can only speak of peace when everyone has basis human rights, when there is no racism, no hate against homosexuals, no abuse or rape of children and women, when a life in the South is as valuable as in the North and West. .. War is an extreme expansion of violence against children, women, people who are “different” ……
From the 12 th till the 15 th of August 2005 the International Conference of Women in Black takes place in Palestine/Israel. From Belgium, we attend the conference with 10 women.
World-wide Women in Black campaigns to collect money in order to make it possible for women from the South and women from conflict-areas to attend this conference.
We, Women in Black Louvain Belgium, do think it is very important that also women from the South are represented on this conference. We chose for Bernedette Muthien from Capetown South-Africa, Woman in Black, peace-activist, founder and moving spirit behind NGO Engender. In December 2004, we met her in Louvain when she participated in a conference of IPRA (International Peace Research Association, set up in 1963).
Women in Black Louvain likes to gather finances to allow Bernedette Muthien to participate in the International Conference of Women in Black in Jerusalem. To make that possible we need approximately 1,500 Euros (return flight Capetown-Johannesburg-Tel-Aviv, accommodation-expenses Jerusalem 10-17 August 2005).
Do you think it’s important that the South is also involved when peace is discussed, also in the