From the Thirteen Boxes of Knowledge
Women in Black Marching
In 1975, while clinically dead and traveling to a Crystal City, I was visited by thirteen Beings of Light and shown thirteen boxes of knowledge. In the last box, I was shown “an army of women in black robes and veils marching through a European city.” These women were protesting the ravages of war and violence, and grieving the loss of their sons.
Since my recovery from that initial Near Death Experience (NDE) 27 years ago, I have talked about all of these visions. In 1992, I published Saved By the Light, which included a documentation of these visions.
Below is an update on this vision. It is important to remember as you read this, that when I received these visions, I was told they were a blueprint, Without words, the thirteenth Being of Light, told me that everything I had just seen was in the future, but not necessarily cast in stone. “The flow of human events can be changed, but first people have to know what they are,” said the Being. He communicated to me again their belief that humans were great, powerful, and mighty spiritual beings. “We here see everyone who goes to the Earth as great adventurers, he said. “You had the courage to go and expand your life and take your place in the great adventure that God created known as the world.”
An Army of Women in Black Robes and Veils
Marching Through a European City
There have been several key marches that appear to fit the vision. Not all have been in European cities, but I am sharing them with you because they speak to the same concerns.
Outline of the references to women in black marching.
In 2000, a front page of the Washington Post carried a picture of Iranian women marching for a new government. .
An organization called, Women in Black, was created to protest the violence (http://www.igc.apc.org/balkans/women/wib-st.html )
They marched in London in April 1999 to protest NATO bombing (http://www.igc.org/balkans/wib/stats/cynthia.html).
Beginning on September 17, 1998 at 8:00 p.m. NOVA announces THURSDAYS IN BLACK Demanding a world without rape and violence (http://www.stcloudstate.edu/~caasa/thurs.html ).
March 2000 brought numerous events: Special event on 'Women Uniting for Peace' held at Headquarters on occasion of International Women's Day in St. Petersburg, Russia, includes Women in Black (3/9/00 M2 Presswire and 3/8/00 Reuters Eng. News Service.)
Hundreds of thousands of Muslims, many of them veiled women, took to the streets yesterday to protest against Moroccan government plans to give women more rights (3/13/00 Independent (London), Newspaper Publishing PLC, Monday, March 13, 2000, News, 'Million' march against women's rights in Morocco, Ali Bouzerda , 3/13/00 Columbian A3, The Columbian, Monday, March 13, 2000, World/Nation, WOMEN'S RIGHTS SEND MOROCCANS INTO STREETS, NICOLAS MARMIE, Associated Press writer)
Women in Black Wednesday, March 8, 2000 to hold an anti-fascist rally in Belgrade (3/8/00 Reuters Eng. News Service).
Six lakh men and women in black gowns in India brought the high courts and the lower courts virtually to a standstill for three days -- for nearly a month in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka -- until last week when the Union Government blinked. The prickly issue was a series of amendments to the Civil Procedure Code (CPC) carried out in both the Houses of Parliament in November last year, whose enforcement the Government was now contemplating (India Today, Living Media India Ltd, Monday, March 13, 2000, LAW, CPC AMENDMENTS: OBJECTION SUSTAINED, SUMIT MITRA).
· November 26, 2002
National and International
News Outlets (Including the BBC and Fox News) reported that the women of Mexico
wore black and marched for justice.
The news accounts report that more than 1,000 women wearing black (veils and robes), marched through Mexico City Monday evening to demand that those responsible for the killing of more than 300 girls and women in the border town of Ciudad Juarez be brought to justice.
The march was held in concert with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The women were joined by families and friends of the victims as well as politicians and celebrities. The march aimed to symbolize the lost souls of the victims, wandering in search of justice and leaving a trail of blood behind them.
· October 23, 2002
Address to the Security Council of the United Nations
Gila Svirsky, Women in Black and Coalition of Women for Peace
23 October 2002
Allow me to begin by telling you about the secret meetings held between Palestinians and Israelis that began 15 years ago. These meetings were secret because it was illegal for Israelis and forbidden for Palestinians to meet in those years. A number of groups were then getting together, but only one group persisted over time - resolutely grappling with the most difficult issues - and crafted an agreement that was signed and publicized several years before the Oslo Accords. Above all this agreement declared establishment of a free, independent and secure state of Palestine side-by-side with a free, independent and secure state of Israel as the core of a political settlement.
As profound as this moment could have been in the history of the Middle East, very few people heard about it. Why? Because the agreement was written by women. You may wonder whether the agreement was rejected for other reasons, perhaps because it was a radical statement dreamed up by utopians or marginal people. But these women were neither marginal nor radical. Each delegation included prominent political leaders - members of parliament, government ministers, an ambassador, and a party head.
As for the content of the agreement, most of its principles have now become matters of consensus among both Israelis and Palestinians. Despite the current magnitude of brutality - or perhaps because of it - surveys consistently show that a decisive two-thirds of Israeli Jews would support a peace agreement that includes Israeli withdrawal from the Palestinian territories, evacuation of most Israeli settlements, and creation of a Palestinian state. Most Palestinians hold the very same views. Indeed, only extremist political leaders on both sides fail to understand that these principles will ultimately set the terms of peace between our nations.
Clearly, the agreement was both pragmatic and moderate. In fact, had the women who wrote it been internationally recognized negotiators, the two Intifadas that followed might have been prevented. This is but one example of the need to implement and enforce Security Council Resolution 1325.
At the grassroots level women have also been at the forefront of peacemaking. In 1988 women in Israel founded the movement now known as Women in Black. Dressed in black to mourn the victims on all sides, Women in Black has kept a one-hour vigil every single Friday for the past 15 years. On street corners throughout Israel, Arab and Jewish women hold signs demanding an end to the Israeli occupation and pursuit of a just peace.
The Women in Black movement quickly and spontaneously spread around the globe as a public forum for women to say "no" to war and injustice. In Italy Women in Black protest the Israeli occupation and the violence of organized crime. Women in Black in Bangalore, India call for an end to abuse by religious fundamentalists. During the war in the Balkans Women in Black, Yugoslavia set an inspirational example of interethnic cooperation. Today, Women in Black throughout the world are engaged in a struggle to prevent a war from being launched against Iraq. For their remarkable work, the international movement of Women in Black, represented by the movements in Yugoslavia and Israel, were nominated for the Nobel Prize for Peace and won the Millennium Peace Prize awarded by UNIFEM [the UN Development Fund for Women].
In Israel, the women's peace movement extends well beyond Women in Black. We are Bat Shalom, the organization formed to promote the principles of the pre-Oslo peace agreement described earlier. We are New Profile, women seeking to end the militarization of Israeli society. We are Machsom Watch, women preventing human rights violations at checkpoints. We are the Movement of Democratic Women, Jewish and Palestinian women citizens of Israel struggling for peace and justice. These and other organizations, joined together in the Coalition of Women for a Just Peace, are united in relentless effort to bring the bloodshed to an end.
The women's peace movement in Israel is absolutely breathtaking: It is alive with new ideas, indefatigable as women have always been, and at the vanguard of creative thinking about how to get to peace. Israeli and Palestinian women march together under the banner "We refuse to be enemies". Indeed, the Israeli and Palestinian women's peace movements have already made peace: on paper, in our hearts, in the lessons we teach our children, and in the behavior we model. We are allies for peace, united in our struggle against extremists and warmongers on all sides.
Is it not preposterous that not a single Israeli woman, and only one Palestinian woman, have held leadership roles at a Middle East peace summit? Instead, the negotiators have been men with portfolios of brutal crimes against each other - military men who have honed the art of war and who measure their success by the unconditional surrender of the other. Is it any wonder that we are still locked in combat?
Ultimately this occupation, like every other in history, will come to an end. The general parameters of that ending are already drawn and in agreement. What we need now is leadership committed to swiftly concluding this era awash in blood, leadership that understands the price we pay in death and destruction for every hour of delay. What we need now is leadership with expertise at reconciliation and rapprochement. What we need now is women.
· June 2002
A list of events that were hosted worldwide in June 2002: http://www.coalitionofwomen4peace.org/
· June 2, 2001
The movement Women in Black is suggested for the Nobel Peace Prize
We have the pleasure to announce that eight Danish and Norwegian parliamentarians (four women and four men) have nominated the movement “Women in Black” – represented by the Israeli and the Serbian group – to the Nobel Peace Prize 2001.
The movement Women in Black is nominated as a representative of the grass root peace movement including all the groups now active in Balkan and the Middle East.
In the nomination letter the Norwegian parliamentarians briefly describe the history and work of Women and Black, and they argue:
· In Serbia, Women in Black was the first group to reach out a hand to the Kosovo-Albanians when the conflict grew severe.
· In Israel, Women in Black with impressing indurance has insisted on dialogue and reconciliation for many years. Along with other courageous voluntary groups they represent a stripe of hope in this hard time in the Middle East.
· Both groups consequently reject the hostile images made of their neighboring people.
· The movement Women in Black has proved to have the potential of spreading to many countries. Their calm and dignified, but still visual and telling, way of protesting has inspired peace activist in many countries.
· The movement Women in Black presents a vision of peace, which comprises non-discrimination, anti-sexism and anti-racism.
The one hundred years of the Nobel Peace Prize will rightfully be celebrated by honouring the grass root peace movement. And this peace movement will rightfully be represented by one of the many couragous women’s groups in many countries around the world. This will be justified both by the history of the peace movement and by the fact that the United Nations eventually has recognised women’s important contribution to peace building.
Women’s engagement is often under-reported and under-estimated, and is often neglected in the composition of delegations for negotiations and in building of post-conflict political institutions.
The Nobel prize for Women in Black will give an occasion to focus on the civil society and to thank all the thousands of calm peace- and democracy demonstrators who contributed to the relatively peaceful revolutions in many European countries during the last decade.
· November 23, 2001
Women in Black March in San Francisco
At noon on Friday November 23rd, 'Bay Area Women in Black' gathered in front of the Bank of America building on Powell Street to express solidarity with the more than 170 'Women in Black' groups worldwide. From there they proceeded to march silently for an hour through the throngs of holiday shoppers descended upon Union Square. "Choose life, that your children may live" is the commandment they live by and they are deeply committed to making life livable for all people.
Women in Black are dedicated to active nonviolent protest against all forms of personal and state violence and terrorism, including militarism, anti-semitism, racism and religious oppression, wherever they occur. Through organizing silent vigils of protest, creating public rituals, using music, art, theater, and the spoken word, Bay Area Women in Black make visible their grief and protest the lives lost to religious, political and nationalistic struggles around the world. Public rituals provide a means for their many overlapping communities to gather and communicate the depth of their mutual concern for our shared troubled world.
· March 8, 2001
On 8 March 2001,
International Women’s Day, The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
and International Alert will award the Millennium Peace Prize for Women. The
Peace Prize is a part of the Women building Peace Campaign, organized by
International-Alert, a global effort to raise global awareness of women’s
experiences and perspectives of peace and conflicts and support the active
participation of women in all levels of peace building. The Women in Black
movement was 1 of 6 awardees.
· March 8, 2000
Women in Black demonstrate at UN Activity
SPECIAL EVENT ON ‘WOMEN UNITING FOR PEACE’ HELD AT HEADQUARTERS ON OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
Through education and tradition, from generation to generation, women had passed on the culture of peace, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said at a special event at Headquarters this morning entitled “Women Uniting for Peace”, which was held on the occasion of International Women’s Day.
Women, who knew the price of war so well, were often better equipped to resolve or prevent it, he said. When society collapsed, women played a critical role in ensuring that life went on. When ethnic tensions caused conflict, women tended to build bridges rather than walls. When considering the implications of war and peace, women thought first of their children and their children’s future before themselves.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson said that women’s participation in all levels of government must become an “unremarkable” feature of public life. It was especially important to recognize women’s central role in conflict resolution. Indeed, such negotiations must involve women, and take into account their needs at the beginning of post-conflict reconstruction, not years after the event. In that respect, she said “we have to do much better”.
The Security Council was becoming more aware of the need to take a more proactive role to protect women and harness their potential as peace builders, this month’s Council President, Anwarul Karim Chowdhury (Bangladesh) said. For the first time, the Council was considering issuing a press statement on the occasion of Women’s Day, in order to send a strong, united message on the subject of women and peace. Women and girls were particularly affected by conflicts and constituted the majority of the world’s refugees and displaced persons. At the same time, they were often the first to build peace. The Council should encourage women’s participation in drafting peace agreements and consider convening a special meeting on women in armed conflict.
Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kensaku Hogen presided over the event, which was prompted by a call from women worldwide for a stronger voice and role in peace negotiations and peace-building strategies. He said the meeting should underscore the need to include, at the negotiating table, women and their initiatives and visions for peace.
Following those statements, representatives of non-governmental organizations from around the world engaged in a discussion, which took the form of a town hall meeting and was moderated by two prominent television journalists: Daljit Dhaliwal (London); and Carol Jenkins (New York). Comments focused on the appointment of women as heads of peacekeeping missions and special representatives and envoys of the Secretary-General in conflict areas. Conversely, the commission of violence against women, by peacekeepers worldwide, was also highlighted.
The following representative of non-governmental organizations also spoke: Women in Black (Yugoslavia); The Women’s Media Collective (Sri Lanka); Children’s Peace Movement (Colombia); International Alert (United Kingdom); and Sierra Leone Youth Empowerment Programme.
Statements were also made by: Swanee Hunt, of the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (United States); and Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (South Africa). Zohreh Tabatabi, Focal Point for Women in the Secretariat, made a statement on behalf of Angela King, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women.
· March 2000
Iranian Women in Black Protest
· March 2000
An annual Women’s March was initiated in 2000.
The idea to hold a world march of women in the year 2000 was born out of the experience of the Women's March Against Poverty, which took place in Québec in 1995. This march, initiated by the Fédération des femmes du Québec, was hugely successful. Three contingents of 850 women marched for ten days to win nine demands related to economic justice. Fifteen thousand people greeted them at the end of their ten-day walk. The entire women's movement mobilized for the march as did many other segments of the population.
The presence during the 1995 March of twenty women from countries of the South reminded us of the importance of global solidarity-building. The Beijing Conference proved that women everywhere are struggling for equality, development and peace more than ever before. It was at this conference that we made our first proposal to organize an international women's march.
http://www.coalitionofwomen4peace.org Coalition of Women for a Just Peace
http://www.womeninblackoz.com/ - Women in Black Australia
http://www.zeneucrnom.org.yu/ -Women in Black Yugoslavia
http://www.camwib.org.uk/ -Women in Black Cambridge, UK
http://wib.matriz.net/ -Women in Black England and Spain site.
Canada: BC: Victoria -In support of the WIB women in Israel and around the
world, we invite you to join us in a monthly silent vigil asking for an end to
occupation of Palestine.
http://www.womenngo.org.yu/- From 1991 till now more than fifty women groups are founded in Serbia, Vojvodina and Montenegro. This web site presents you some of the activities of women's organization in these regions.
http://www.sshub.com/wib.htm - Women in Black - Canberra, Australia
http://www.neww.org/ -NEWW's mission is to empower women and girls
throughout the East (Central and Eastern Europe, and NIS and the Russian
Federation) and the West by dialogue, networking, campaigns, and educational and informational exchanges. NEWW supports action and joint projects inspired by feminist principles.
http://www.womeninmourningandoutrage.com -Women in mourning and outrage is a justice project created by women of color who oppose brutality, discrimination and acts of hate.
http://www.endtheoccupation.org -What is Junity?
Jewish Unity for a Just Peace is an international gathering of grassroots Jewish activists who support a just, viable and lasting peace based on the principles of international law, requiring a complete end to Israel's Occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
http://www.grandmothersforpeace.org/ - Grandmothers for Peace, a non-profit organization, was formed in May of 1982 at the height of the Cold War.
http://www.madre.org/ -MADRE supports community development and training that enables women to play leadership roles in their homes, communities, countries and the international arena.
http://www.batshalom.org/ -Bat Shalom of the Jerusalem Link - feminist center for peace and social justice working with a Palestinian women's center to achieve peace.
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