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

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


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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.

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


SIGNATORIES


Organizations

Ain o Salish Kendra

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

Asociaci�n 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 Gasp�sie

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 Alp�zar Dur�n
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

Mar�a Atilano
Centro Vasco de Quiroga

M�xico

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 Ca�izar Bel

Jos�e B�lisle
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 G�rard
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

St�phane 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

St�fanie 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