Washington, Mar 1 (Prensa Latina) "With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts" the "women of Iraq, the US, and the world" are collecting 100,000 women´s signatures to present to Washington officials on International Women´s Day.
The organization, Women Say No to War, is forming a mass movement of women, crossing generations, races, ethnicities, religions, borders and political persuasions to pressure their governments and the United Nations to end the war and occupation of Iraq.
Declaring they will hand in these signatures on March 8 to the White House and US embassies around the world, they also say they intend to perform "creative actions" on that date.
The women say "we’ve buried too many of our loved ones. We’ve seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We’ve watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families’ basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet,"
The petition asserts further they have had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into their homes and communities.
On the list of demands is the withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq; negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis into all aspects of Iraqi society, and full representation of women in the peacemaking process and a commitment to women’s full equality in the post-war Iraq;
It further seeks a commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq; for Iraqi control of its oil and other resources, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy and a massive reconstruction effort that prioritizes Iraqi contractors, and draws upon financial resources of the countries responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
The entire petition is available for signature on www.womensaynotowar.org .