March 6, 2008


As you read this, women in Iraq live in a Hell we have created.

In Central Iraq, 91.8% of women polled by Women for Women International say that violence against women is increasing. 74.5% of Iraqi women avoid leaving their homes. 63.2% have regularly not sent their children to school. 65.3% report that US security forces are only making security worse. One woman who was interviewed commented, "They gave us freedom and they took from us security…but if I have to choose, I will choose safety and security."

We cannot allow this to continue.

As we gear up to honor International Women's Day on March 8, let us remember the dire situation of our Iraqi sisters. Let us use our voices to make their voices heard.

On March 11, we will deliver a letter to every woman Member of Congress. We will provide them with chilling information about the struggle of Iraqi women living under occupation, and press them to take supportive action in the next few weeks by voting to fund human needs, not warfare, in Iraq, and legislate the return of all the troops and contractors. Please add your name to our letter here. The letter will include the Women for Women International report on the status of Iraqi women. We hope you will read it yourself to learn more about the tragic circumstances they are living in.

If you attend a local International Women's Day event, please print these sign up sheets and encourage others to sign on to our letter. Fax them to us for delivery on Monday, 310-827-4547.

You can also honor International Women's Day by joining one of our regional training camps this weekend. Click here to find an inspiring day of community, creativity, skills-building and inspiration in your area.

In solidarity with women around the world,
Dana, Desiree, Farida, Gael, Gayle, Jodie, Liz, Medea, Nancy and Rae

P.S. These training camps will also serve to get us ready to mobilize for actions on the 5th anniversary of the war, March 18th and 19th. Click here to find out how to join us to tell Washington we've had Five Years Too Many of this devastating war.

Sign our letter to women members of Congress

Read the Women for Women International report on Iraqi women

Join a regional International Women's Day training this weekend

Download the sign up sheet to take to IWD events this weekend

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