The Nobel Women’s Initiative will proudly lead a delegation to Thailand – the Thai-Burma border, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Chad from July 21 to August 6.
Led through the first leg of its journey by Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and Mia Farrow, renowned activist and actor, the delegation leadership will be joined by Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai on the African leg.
The objective of this delegation is to hear and relay the messages of women’s groups in the regions, call attention to their courageous efforts for peace and justice, and promote effective resolutions to the political crisis facing Burma and the escalated conflict in Darfur.
The Delegation has come to the area of the Thai/Burma border and will continue on to South Sudan and Darfuri refugee camps in Chad,
* To build alliances with women and women’s organizations there by:
* Listening to their unique stories, perspectives and experiences;
* Learning from their work to build sustainable peace in their communities how they see the role of women in actively negotiating peace agreements in their countries and in rebuilding their communities and societies when the conflicts have ended;
* Conveying their messages to other women’s organizations where we live and work and through our collective networks as well as to the media and to governments at national, regional and international levels; and by
* Highlighting China’s influential role in these crises and their peaceful resolution.
Joining Jody, Wangari, and Mia on this delegation are Chinese labour activist Qing Zhang; Dr. Sima Samar, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan; and Reverend Gloria White-Hammond, humanitarian and Chair of the Save Darfur Campaign. The mission will also welcome a Nobel Women’s Initiative Philanthropist.
Follow along as the delegation blogs the sights and sounds of this important journey at our special delegation ‘hub’ and share photos and video footage of the extraordinary people they meet along the way. Spread the word.