I have long believed that women have a unique voice to add to the global conversation on peace, and that this voice is largely unheard within policy-making circles. Because of this belief, and in direct response to the horrors of September 11, I founded Voices of Women (VOW). In October 2001 I invited a small group of concerned women to discuss the contribution women could make in decisions that involve our world.
To date, our speakers have told us about the school they are building in Afghanistan, the importance of micro-credit programs in India, and U. S. activities in Rwanda. In addition, our theatrical presentation “Reflections on War and Peace” has drawn attention to the acute need for nonviolent conflict resolution.
But we’re not just about raising awareness. VOW has also raised considerable funds for projects which contribute to global equity. Our donation to the United Nations Association of San Diego became school supplies in Afghanistan. The funds we sent to Save the Children benefited women and children in Iraq. Other monies have helped women in Nepal and India start home-based businesses and contributed to the construction of a school in Jalalabad. Re-caps of these events are posted under Past VOW Events on our website.
Anyone who shares our goals can become a Supporter of VOW. If you are interested in working to create a world where war is not the first alternative to conflict resolution, and where fairness and equity guide U.S. foreign policy, then we invite you to join our organization. We welcome both women and men who want to participate and contribute their support.
President, Voices of Women
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