A Women’s Human Rights Agenda for the G8: Peace

On May 18, leaders of the world’s eight largest economies (the G8) will gather at Camp David, a walled-off retreat reserved for the US President and his guests. There, they will make decisions that will affect all of us, no matter where we live.

But women’s human rights advocates refuse to be ignored. We are putting forward our own G8 agenda. We need your input to craft it.

Every day, we’ll be addressing the priorities that should be on the G8 agenda. We’re asking you to submit your comments, concerns and suggestions. Together, we can craft an agenda that voices the demands of women’s human rights advocates around the world.

Today, we’re looking at Peace:

This Is the Reality:

War in the Name of Rights: G8 governments have used women’s human rights to justify war. We’ve seen this charade in the US/NATO invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead, these occupations put women’s human rights at risk.

“War on Terror”: Policymakers have used post-9/11 fears to distort our definitions of security. Proponents of the so-called “war on terror” promote xenophobia and anxiety to distract from human rights abuses, like torture at Guantanamo Bay.

The Next War: Hawks are pressing for a pre-emptive attack on Iran. This would violate international law and spread massive suffering—and activists are already mobilizing against it.

This Is Our Vision. Women Demand G8 Policies That:

Recognize that women are disproportionately harmed by war and armed conflict.

Confront violence against women, including rape, as a weapon of war.

Reject all attempts to justify human rights violations by invoking the “war on terror.”

Embrace a definition of security that protects human rights. This must include economic security, as well as an end to violence against women—in times of war and peace.

Add your voice here.

Photo credit: Terry Allen

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