CODEPINK Pressures Women Members of Congress to stand up for Iraqi Women

Contact: Vin Gopal, 732-299-5625
Gael Murphy, 202-412-6700
Desiree Fairooz, 202-423-8654

March 11th, 2008


Day of Action Planned for March 11th, on Behalf of Iraqi Women

To honor International Women's Day, CODEPINK will deliver an appeal to several women members of Congress, urging them to take leadership in ending the occupation of Iraq and shift funding toward the human needs of the Iraqi people The letters will come with a report detailing the occupation's toll on Iraqi women and a petition signed by over 3,500 people world-wide which asks for elected leaders to fund a withdrawal and cosponsor Congresswoman Waters's “Recovery and Stability of Iraq Act of 2008.”

When: Press availability at 1:30pm, March 11th.

Where: In front of Room 210 Cannon House Office Building, joint subcommittee hearing on:Neglected Responsibilities: The U.S. Response to the Iraqi Refugee Crisis

“The occupation has made Iraq a more dangerous place; taking a daily toll on women's security, dignity and ability to care for their families a staggering 74.5% of Iraqi women now avoid leaving their homes! We must encourage Congress to stand up for Iraqi women because we are spending millions of dollars a day ‘bringing democracy' to Iraq but what good is democracy if people are too afraid to leave their home? ” says CODEPINK cofounder Gael Murphy.

Contacts: Vin Gopal, 732-299-5625 - Gael Murphy, 202-412-6700

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CODEPINK is a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into healthcare, education and other life-affirming activities. For more info visit www.codepinkalert.org

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