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Women Say NO to War on 8 March
in Aotearoa New Zealand

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About Women Say NO to War on 8 March

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Resources for Women Say NO to War

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Photos - Women Say NO to War in Wellington, 2006

About Women Say NO to War on 8 March

On International Women's Day 2006, women around the world said NO to war in response to the call from CODEPINK: Women for Peace to "revive the dream of the women who came before us and carved out March 8 as a day for us to be a visible, vocal and vibrant force for peace and justice." And this year, women will again mark the Day by saying NO to war and YES to peace.

CODEPINK "is a women-initiated grass roots peace and social justice movement working to end the war in Iraq, stop new wars, and redirect our resources into health care, education and other life-affirming activities. CODEPINK rejects the Bush administration's fear-based politics that justify violence, and instead calls for policies based on compassion, kindness and a commitment to international law."

Pink is a feature of actions and events related to CODEPINK; this comes from the name which is a play "on the Bush Administration's colour-coded homeland security alerts - yellow, orange, red - that signal terrorist threats. While Bush's colour-coded alerts are based on fear and are used to justify violence, the CODEPINK alert is based on compassion and is a feisty call for women and men to "wage peace"."

Women Say NO to War events



Other International Women's Day events are on the what's on where page, check local listings for details.

Ideas and support for organising a Women Say NO to War event

If there is not yet a Women Say NO to War event planned in your town or city, this would be a great time to get together with women in your area to organise something. You don't need to plan for something massive - having with two or three women with a placard or banner in a public place would be fine. If you would like ideas or support to organise a Women Say NO to War event in your town or city, there are some suggestions on the Women Say No to War web site. If you would like ideas, support or publicity specific to Aotearoa New Zealand, we are happy to help - please email with 'Support for Women Say NO to War' as the subject heading or phone (04) 382 8129.

Add your Women Say NO to War event to this page

If you would like your event added to this page, please email with 'Women Say No to War event' as the subject heading.

Resources for Women Say NO to War

  • Women Say NO to War leaflet, updated February 2007

  • Sept 11: the day the world changed? leaflet about the ongoing 'war on terrorism'

    If you have any difficulty opening or printing these leaflets, please contact us and we will post copies to you.

  • Send an e-card supporting an end to violence against women.

    Some facts and figures for your consideration:

  • Global military expenditure in 2005 (the most recent figure available) was more than US$1,118 billion dollars - on average more than US$3 billion every day. By way of contrast, the level of official aid to developing countries globally was US$106.5 billion - around 9.5% of global military expenditure.
  • On average, close to 29,000 children under the age of five die every day from mainly preventable causes - lack of access to clean water, food and basic health care. To provide clean water for 2.6 billion people and save an estimated 4,000 lives each day would cost just US$7 billion - less than three days of global military expenditure. The estimated annual cost of achieving all of the Millennium Development Goals is around twenty five days of global military expenditure.
  • Corporate welfare by way of Pentagon prime contracts to just the two biggest US weapons producers, Lockheed Martin and Boeing, amounted to nearly US$40 billion in the 2005 fiscal year - more than total New Zealand government expenditure for the current financial year.
  • New Zealand government military expenditure this year is just over NZ$2 billion - on average more than NZ$5.5 million every day; while one in five children here lives in a family with an income below the poverty line, and a further one in four is in a family "with a restricted standard of living". Official NZ development assistance this year is around 17% of the level of military expenditure.
  • This prioritising of military spending over socially useful spending is just one way the New Zealand government contributes to an obscenely over-militarised world. They also contribute by promoting military and weapons related exports.

    Are these your priorities for global and national spending?

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