MADRE News

Choose a news category:

Women from Around the World Condemn Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Iraq

Posted on: Friday, June 10, 2011

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East, Combating Violence Against Women, Peace Building

Women from Around the World Condemn Attack on Peaceful Protesters in Iraq and Call for an End to Sexual Assault of Women Protesters

To add your organization or individual name to the list of signatories, click here.

We, feminist activists from around the world, stand in support of our sisters and brothers peacefully demonstrating for basic rights in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square.

This morning, June 10, demonstrators were brutally targeted with sexual violence and beatings by men who were reportedly bussed in by the thousands to disrupt the weekly protest. Protesters suffered broken bones, knife wounds and beatings. Several women were severely beaten and violently groped; armed attackers attempted to forcibly strip off the women’s clothing. The activists, who work with the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, report that their attackers were organized and paid by government security forces who used the un-uniformed men to avoid accountability for the violence.  

As feminists, we strongly condemn assaults against peaceful protesters and the specifically gender-based violence against women. As in so many of our countries, the use of sexual violence against Iraqi women is designed to terrorize, shame and silence those women who dare to exercise their fundamental rights as citizens and raise political demands in the public sphere.  We stand with our sisters who exercise their rights to political participation and dissent.

Today’s attacks represent a noted escalation of violence against protesters in Iraq as well as a crime and a fundamental violation of human rights. We call on the government to uphold its obligations to guarantee freedom of peaceful assembly and to respond to the demands of demonstrators.

 

 


SIGNATORIES


 

Organizations

Ain o Salish Kendra

Asian- Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)
Malaysia

Asociación POR TI MUJER
Spain

Australian Women Against Violence Alliance

Central de Trabajadores de Argentina (CTA)

Cure Foundation
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Femmes en Mouvement, le Centre de femmes de la Baie-des-Chaleurs en Gaspésie

India Women's Watch

INFORM
Sri Lanka

Initiatives: Women In Development
India

International Council of Jewish Women

International Solidarity Network – Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)

Interreligious Committee in Support of Protected Persons in Ashraf, Iraq (ICSPPAI)
US

Isis International

Leicester Branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom

National Alliance of Women (NAWO India)

The Network Against Honour Related Violence
Sweden

PDF-Africa

South Asia Women's Watch

Spanish Campaign against the OCC and for the Sovereignty of Iraq
Spain

Stella, l'amie de Maimie

Table de concertation du mouvement des femmes de la Mauricie

United Methodist Women

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

WIDE - Globalising Gender Equality and Social Justice

The Women and Media Collective
Sri Lanka

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC)

Women Graduates-USA

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, U.S. Section

Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

The Women's Support Group
Sri Lanka

World March of Women


Individuals Representing Organizations


Christine Ahn
Global Fund for Women
USA

Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas
Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling
Palestine

Jo Albright
Maryknoll Missionaries

Sally Alhak
EWU - Egyptian Women's Union

Lydia Alpízar Durán
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)

Ghida Anani
ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality
Lebanon

Edna Aquino
Violence is Not Our Culture Campaign

Soad Baba Aissa
IFE France
France

María Atilano
Centro Vasco de Quiroga
México

Radhika Balakrishnan
Center for Women’s Global Leadership
USA

Bonita Banducci
Global Women's Leadership Network, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
USA

Aouicha Bekhti
Party for Laicity and Democracy in Algeria

Fewzi Benhabib
Party for Laicity and Democracy in Algeria

Medea Benjamin
CODEPINK: Women for Peace

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
femLINKPACIFIC

Betty Blake
Ma'afafine moe Famili
Tonga

Shahnaz Bokhari
Progressive Women's Association-PWA
Pakistan

Maria Butler
PeaceWomen, A project of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
USA

Adilia Caravaca
Liga Internacional de Mujeres pro Paz y Libertad, Seccion Costa Rica

Moulay Chentouf
Party for Laicity and Democracy in Algeria

Ottilia Chikosha
Regional Export Promotion Women's Trust
Zimbabwe

Rindai Chipfunde-Vava
Zimbabwe Election Support Network & Zimbabwe Peace Project
Zimbabwe

Mimoza Dajci
The Women's Organization "Hope & Peace"

Sarah El Jabri
OISC

Carole R. Fontaine, Ph.D.
Women Against Fundamentalism (L'integrisme) and for Equality (WAFE)
France

Patricia Guerrero
Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas
Observatory for Gender, Democracy and Human Rights
Colombia

Isabelle Geuskens
IFOR-Women Peacemakers Program
Netherlands/International

Josie Hadden
TerraFocus
USA

Helen Hakena
Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency

Lillian Halls
European Feminist Initiative (IFE-EFI)
France

Cristina Hardaga
Tlalchinollan Human Rights Center of the Mountain of Guerrero
Mexico

Mariam Al Hasbani
Lebanese Association of Sociology

Taida Horozovic
CURE Foundation
Bosnia & Herzegovina

Lindora Howard-Diawara
West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-Liberia)
Liberia

Hisako Motoyama
Asia Japan Women’s Resource Center
Japan

Jasmin Nario-Galace
Center for Peace Education
Philippines

Lailoma Nasrat
HEWAD Reconstruction, Health and Humanitarian Assistance Committee
Afghanistan

Sameena Nazir Potohar
Organization for Development Advocacy
Pakistan

Elaine Nonneman, Trustee
Channel Foundation

Juliet Were Oguttu
Isis-WICCE
Uganda/International

Julie Ngozi Okeke
Women Initiative for Peace and Good Governance
Nigeria

Dr. Ada Okika
My Sisters Health Initiative


Pat Pleasance
UK WILPF (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom)
UK

Dianne Post
Phoenix Women Take Back the Night
USA

Elly Pradervand
Women's World Summit Fondation WWSF
Switzerland

Mahnaz Rahman
Aurat Publication Information Service Foundation
Pakistan

Nina Sankari
European Feminist Initiative- Poland

Yifat Susskind
MADRE
International

Andrea Smith
Incite! Women of Color Against Violence
USA

Josephine Teakeni

Vois Blong Mere Solomons

Lyda Verstegen
International Alliance of Women

Albin Wagener
OISC

Individuals

Jihane Abbassi

Sunila Abeysekera
Sri Lanka

Kirsten Ainley
UK

Noor Aljawad
USA

Soy Amado
USA

Heidi Andersen
Norway

Claudette Bastien

Canada

Janella Baxter

Bonnie Berry

USA

Betlem Cañizar Bel

Josée Bélisle
Canada

Mahwish Bokhari
USA

Deborah Bratcher
USA

Marit Brekke
Norway

Charlotte Browne
Great Britain

Parker Brown-Nesbit
USA

Rose Burelle
Canada

Rose Burelle
Canada

B C
USA

Carole Cayer

Sarah Coleman
Australia

Ronda Cooperstein
USA

Sarah Coleman
Australia

Ronda Cooperstein
USA

Sasha Crow
Jordan

Johanna H. Cummings
USA

Cheryl Ann Dagenais


Dolli Dash
India

Jill Davey

Great Britain

Nicolas Dessaux
France

Kadidia Doumbia
USA

Emily Doutre
USA

Lasta Drvar

Meredith Eudovic

Canada

Janett Forte

Heather Frederick
Turkey

Marilyn Gabor
USA

Paola Quevedo Garzon

Myriam Gérard
Belgium

Susan Goering
USA

Shareen Gokal
Canada

Altaire Gural

Canada

Amy Hailwood

USA

Kimberly Hanson
USA

Brian Heilman
USA

Jacqueline Heinen
Switzerland

Krista Hoffman

Rea Howarth

Lib Hutchby
USA

Gail Iles
Denmark

Sholeh Irani
Sweden

Huda Jafar
Yemen

Stéphane Julien
France

Lee Kanthoul
USA 

Valerie Kaye
USA

Maureen & Mace Keck
USA

Greg King
USA

Dr Eliane Lagasse
Switzerland

Elizabeth Langmead
USA

Jean Kathleen Laurila
USA

Stephan L'Heureux
Japan

Dr. Helen Liebling
Lecturer-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology, Coventry University and Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust

Marjorie Lilley
USA

Facundo Machin
Uruguay

Dalia Mahir
Iraq

Amina Mama
USA

Sarah Masters
UK

Marti McKenna
USA

Niveditha Menon
India

Alexandria Mitchell
Canada

Pooja Mittal
USA

Rebecca Mills

Lorraine Mirham
UK

Margaret Morley
USA

Tafadzwa Muropa
Zimbabwe

Monica Murray

Madeleine Mysko
USA

Layla Naffa Hamarneh
Jordan

Shahin Navai

Zaynab Nawaz
USA

Prof. Dr. Ursula Nienhaus

Justine Nkurunziza
Burundi

Chikodi Nwaiwu

Stéfanie Paquin

Rosalind Petchesky
US

Rod Perdue
USA

Bonnie Pirnie
USA

Beatriz Pirazzi, MD FACEP
USA

Eric Tyler Powell

Dr. Nicola Pratt
University of Warwick
UK

Brooke Prim

Kacee Rachels

Soudeh RAD

Eleanor Rae
USA

Swathi Rajan
USA

Raquel Michielsen Ramos
Portugal

Sonalee Rashatwar

Alexandra Reuer

Betty Robinson
USA 

Denise Romesburg
USA

Stella Roque
USA

Denise Rutan
USA

Marlana Santos
Brazil

Aminah Sattar
Israel

Hely Schumann
Canada

Kimberly Short

Woroud Siger
Canada

Caroline Simpson
Great Britain

Erika Smith
Mexico

Muriel Smith
Canada

Jill Thomas

Viti Tuimabualau-Lilo
SUVA, FIJI

Most Udruzenje

Fern M. Van Gieson

Carrie Walker

USA

Amanda Weibel
Switzerland

Sarah Weirich
USA

John R. Welton
USA

Amy Wilkes

Laura Williscraft
Canada

Leah Wilson
USA

 


« Back to "Press Room" Next Article »



Article Tools
Increase Font Decrease Font Reset Font Print Page Email Page


Archives

"Press Room" Home August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 September 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 July 2006 June 2006 April 2006 March 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 September 2005 August 2005 July 2005 April 2005 March 2005 November 2004 October 2004 April 2004 March 2004 January 2004 December 2003 October 2003 September 2003 June 2003 April 2003 January 2003 September 2002 June 2002 January 2002 November 2001 October 2001 September 2001 August 2001 January 2001

Contact

Kat Noel, Website & Media Coordinator
PHONE: +1 212 627 0444
EMAIL: media@madre.org

To sign up to receive MADRE media alerts, click here.

Bring MADRE to You