• Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    Nobel Women’s Initiative and IPS Team up to get Women’s Views onto Op-Ed Pages

    wangari_maathai2Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai wants to ensure that African states meeting in Addis Ababa this week let the International Criminal Court get on with its job. The people of Darfur, especially the women and children who have borne the brunt of violence, deserve to see justice done. The IPS Columnist Service responded to a request from fellow MDG3 grantee the Nobel Women’s Initiative to circulate Dr Maathai’s Op-Ed, co-authored with two other Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to major newspaper in Africa and globally.

    This is the second collaboration between the two organisations. In April the IPS Columnist Service circulated an Op-Ed by the Chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Jody Williams, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work to eliminate landmines. Her column was picked up by leading newspapers in countries like Kenya, Iraq and Egypt.

    The Nobel Women’s Initiative was established in 2006 by sister Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Betty Williams and Mairead Maguire. Their MDG3 project is called “Conflict and Militarism: Raising Women’s Voices for Peace, Equality and Justice”. Activities include, amongst others; raising public awareness in the Arab world, advocacy and building power alliances. Countries in which the project will take place are: Burma, Central America, Guatemala, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, and Sudan.

    One of the activities of the IPS MDG3 project is to strengthen the number and range of Op-Ed and media interviews featuring women’s and girls voices, and to ensure translation and global distribution of these products.

    By working together the Nobel Women’s initiative and IPS can amplify women’s voices through the media.

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