"One Million Signatures Campaign" in 2008 Calender of the War Resisters League

Friday 27 April 2007

Change for Equality: the War Resisters League put Iranian women’s "One Million Signatures Campaign" in it’s 2008 calender.

WRL was organized in 1923 by men and women who had opposed WWI, many of whom had been jailed for refusing military service. The founders, including Jessie Wallace Hughan, leading suffragette, socialist, and pacifist, believed that if enough people stood in total opposition to war, governments would hesitate to go to war.

Through its whole history the League has remained independent of any political party; opposed to conscription and authoritarianism, censorship and racism in any country; and holds to a nonaligned position in international work.

Some of their recent calender were:

* 52 True Stories of Nonviolent Success (2002)

* Nourishing the Nonviolent Revolution (2003)

* 75 Years of Nonviolent Resistance (a history of WRL, 1998)

* Screenpeace—An Antiwar Film Festival (2007-available now)

Below is the text they wrote about Iranian women’s campaign:

Iranian women’s rights activists are fighting gender apartheid through the “One Million Signatures” campaign, which demands an end to discriminatory laws against women. It is a continuation of Iranian women’s century-long struggle for gender equality.
The two-year “One Million Signatures” campaign is a follow-up to the June 12, 2006 demonstration that was violently broken up by security forces. Activists go where women usually gather – shops, schools, offices, hair salons, or their homes. They ask them to sign the petition, but whether they sign or not, they receive a booklet explaining how the Iranian legal system denies women full rights. Thus, even the women who do not sign the petition will be informed about their second-class status.
The strength of the campaign rests on the bottom-up strategy, the interaction between activists and ordinary women, the peaceful and non-violent approach to legal reform, and on stressing the importance of each woman’s agency and choice.
The campaign creatively combines traditional door-to-door petitioning with modern technology: it collects signatures through the face-to-face method and also uses the internet to expand and expedite the process. It provides an opportunity for anyone interested in promoting gender justice to join.
On December 14, 2006 the campaign had its first general conference which brought together activists from all over Iran.

War Resisters International


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