Join Me on Memorial Bridge for International Women’s Day
To honor the resilience of millions of women survivors of war around the world, Women for Women International is hosting a global campaign called Join me on the Bridge on International Women’s Day: March 8, 2010.
On that day, women around the world will be uniting on bridges to demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development for the future. With more than 50 events planned from Rwanda to neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, from the United States to the United Kingdom, from Mexico to Kosovo and from the Philippines to South Africa, we will unite in celebration and in strength in the global women’s movement. At our home in Washington, DC, Women for Women International is proud to be hosting an office open house in the morning, followed by a celebration event on Memorial Bridge in partnership with the Enough! Project’s RAISE Hope for Congo Campaign and a coalition of other peer organizations in the DC area.
Join us at 10 a.m. at our Van Ness Headquarters, 4455 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington DC 20008 to meet the staff, tour the office and enjoy a complimentary bagel breakfast. The first twenty individuals to arrive will be able to pick up T-shirts made especially for the campaign, free of charge.
Around 11:15 we will all make our way together down to the Bridge celebration, wearing our shirts and united in appreciation of women survivors of war and all women around the world on this important day. We will be joined by the rest of the coalition at noon in front of the Women in Service Memorial at the end of Memorial Drive on the Arlington, Virginia side of the bridge (CLICK HERE for a map). The closest metro stop is Arlington Cemetery on the blue line. From there we will walk down Memorial Drive, across the Memorial Bridge, and to the Watergate Steps at the base of the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington, DC side. Here’s a Map.
We will march in solidarity with women from around the world, and in particular, with women from Rwanda and Congo who will also be standing with their sisters that day to demand an end to war and to demonstrate that women can build the bridges to peace and development.
The walk will be followed by short presentations by leading Congo experts and women’s empowerment advocates before the Lincoln Memorial. We will begin the march by 12:30pm. The march and the speakers program should finish by 1:30pm.
Speakers (Final List TBA):
Sylvie Muanga Mbanga, Congolese human rights lawyer
Jimmie Briggs, Executive Director, Man Up Campaign: Stop Violence Against Women
Candice Knezevic, RAISE Hope for Congo Campaign Manager, ENOUGH Project
Andrée Simon, Women for Women International President & COO
Let all who support peace and development for women, their families and communities Join Us on the Bridge. If you have not already, sign the pledge! If you don’t have plans already, join us on the bridge!
PLEASE RSVP TO MOLLY HESSE AT MHESSE@WOMENFORWOMEN.ORG.