!!! MAJOR NEWS FLASH!!! 7 December 2007

"A man's got to do what a man's got to do. A woman must do what he can't."
-Rhonda Hansome

"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."
- Mohandas Gandhi

A Future Without War
Believe in it.
Envision it.
Work for it.
And we will achieve it.

Global Women Leaders Flex Security Muscles
This special newsletter edition concerns a potentially historic security conference. Over 70 women leaders-current and former heads of state and government, influential ministers, and leaders of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations-were invited to the first International Women Leaders Global Security Summit at the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York City.

Co-hosts were Her Excellency Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990-1997) and The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Prime Minister of Canada (1992).

The stated goal was to provide women leaders a forum to discuss, evaluate, and endorse meaningful strategies for global security.

For reasons explained in the book Women, Power, and the Biology of Peace (J.L. Hand, 2003), the creation and maintenance of social stability is a priority of special importance to women, and we have arrived at a moment in history where many women have sufficient influence and power to begin to address security issues with authority. Perhaps we have reached an historical "tipping point."

"Human security cannot be separated from human dignity, and it is our duty to speak up for those women across the globe who lack their own platform to do so," said U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine K. Albright."Women leaders have been pushed aside over the years. Some say it's cultural, that there's nothing we can do. I say it's criminal, and we all have an obligation to stop it, and to demand the economic, social, and political justice necessary to prevent it."

The official participants centered their concerns around four topics:

  • The economics of insecurity
  • The requirement to produce effective responses to terrorism
  • How to mitigate the harmful effects of climate changes which will increase risks of social collapse and war
  • How to fulfill the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) provisions of the United Nations with respect to genocide and crimes against humanity.

A Call To Action
A CALL TO ACTION was drawn up, and for each of the above concerns, the document lists a series of specific objectives. On the second day of the conference, the invited attendees made specific commitments to the objectives

At the conclusion of a gala dinner, all persons in attendance wiling to commit to these actions were invited to sign it. This included the official delegates plus their aides and other observers. Over a hundred did so, including the attendee representing A Future Without War.

This summit shares similarities with the historic meeting of women in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, that is generally credited as being the beginning of the suffragist/feminist movement in the United States. The AFWW website has a longer report on the conference, including the list of all invited participants, the nature of the festivities at the gala, the full text of the CALL TO ACTION, and the assessment of AFWW about the potential for this group of women to be the visionary leaders that can draw up and begin a campaign to end war.

Organizations Sharing the CTA Goals
AFWW provides links to organizations that share the goals embraced by the conference's CALL TO ACTION. It's important to realize that these organizations are but a small fraction of the numbers of organizations world-wide that seek to help us make changes to improve human security on our ever more crowded planet. At some point they need to find a way to unite and focus their activities:

Organizations having goals similar to goals included in the women's global security summit CALL TO ACTION:

Empower Women (EW)
Enlist Young Men (EYM)
Foster Connectedness (FC)
Insure Essential Resources (IER)
Promote Nonviolent Conflict Resolution (PNCR)
Provide Security and Order (PSO)
Shift Our Economies (SOE)
Spread Liberal Democracy (SD)

With warm wishes and hope.
- Judith
Contact Info
A Future Without War
Dr. Judith Hand
P.O. Box 270074, San Diego, CA 92198
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