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The Girls’ Globe Community is made up of activists, advocates, experts and organizations that strengthen gender equality, human rights, social justice and sustainability. We have member organizations that work in conflict zones, peacebuilders and feminist experts from the Middle East. Girls’ Globe’s mission is to amplify the voices of those who are driving change. And in the midst of an escalating crisis when women and children are being targeted, we must listen to the feminist experts promoting freedom, peace and security in Palestine and Israel.

Below are three statements from feminists calling for immediate ceasefire and for women’s voices to be heard.

ActionAid International Supporting Relief Directly in Gaza

ActionAid is working with partners in Gaza who are providing food and relief items to families that they can reach. Access to supplies is limited and transportation to the shelters is both difficult and dangerous. To support their work in Gaza, ActionAid UK has started a Gaza Crisis Appeal, which you can donate to today.

Here’s what ActionAid Palestine has to say about Women, Peace and Security – the UN Women event that they are unable to attend because of the ongoing crisis.

Lina AbiRafeh Questions the United Nations Actions

Lina AbiRafeh is a global women’s rights expert and gender equality advocate with decades of experience worldwide. She was previously the Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women. In a recent LinkedIn post she asks, “Where is the UN?!” She calls out the United Nations with these words:

  1. The UN issues hollow statements and calls for cease fire for humanitarian support without actually condemning anyone. As if it happened in a vacuum. Total impunity.
  2. The UN did not condemn Israel for killing its own staff.
  3. UNESCO did not hold Israel accountable for the killing of the journalist.
  4. WHO did not accuse Israel for the wiping out the hospitals and massacring injured and medical staff and civilians who were seeking refuge. And they “welcome US and Israeli leadership…”
  5. UNICEF is leaving the children to be massacred, and talks about their “death” rather than their killing. They didn’t die on their own. Words are important.
  6. And the most impotent of all, the Security Council fails to force a cease fire.

Read the rest of Lina AbiRafeh’s statement on the United Nations here.

FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund calls for Transformational Feminist Solidarity with Palestine

In their statement, FRIDA calls out white supremacy, settler colonialism and media bias. FRIDA stands firm with the Palestinian people’s right to resist colonisation and recognises that the violence did not start now. Read the whole statement here.

Feminist Voices Unite for Immediate Ceasefire!

Feminist voices are calling out for ceasefire and for justice – a justice that is looked at through a historical lens of occupation and brutalisation. Immediate ceasefire is necessary for humanitarian aid and relief for the women, children, families and civilians in Gaza. This must come first. And women must be included in what comes next for the liberation of Palestinian people.

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The Conversation

3 Responses

  1. Really appreciate the thorough response. And thank you for calling out freeing all civilian hostages. What’s happening is heartbreaking and devastating, all against the backdrop of rising global antisemitism and Islamaphobia. It’s terrifying.

    I do agree that this is definitely within the larger picture of the ongoing occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. And, also important not to gloss over the Hamas-led terrorist attack in Israel. I appreciate Frida’s post. And would encourage to also include an Israeli voice too. It’s a complicated, complex issue with deep historic layers (all the way back to the Ottoman empire…!) — but, at the end of the day, from a feminist perspective – there aren’t sides to human lives.

    Thanks so much, Julia.

    1. Hi Emma,

      the statements are from feminists in our network and we amplify the voices of feminist activists and advocates and the lived experiences of women and girls. That said, there are of course many statements that of course condemn all forms of violence and call for the release of the civilian hostages! An edit to the text would be appropriate to include the call for the release of civilian hostages, of course.

      ActionAid International also links to a petition by Ceasefire Now, which calls for an immediate ceasefire and:

      1. Facilitate the delivery of lifesaving assistance, including food, medical supplies, fuel, and the resumption of electricity and internet to Gaza, in addition to safe passage of humanitarian and medical staff
      2. Free all civilian hostages, especially children and elderly
      3. Allow humanitarian convoys to reach UN facilities, schools, hospitals, and health facilities in northern Gaza and commit to protecting them along with the civilians and staff inside them at all times
      4. Rescind orders by the Government of Israel for civilians to depart northern Gaza
      5. Allow patients in critical condition to be medically evacuated for urgent care

      You can find the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/sign-and-share-this-urgent-petition-calling-for-a-ceasefirenow-in-gaza-and-israel

      At Girls’ Globe, we’ll make sure to be even more clear about our feminist calls for peace and freedom for both Palestinians and Israelis – freedom from oppression and violence for all.

      In terms of the statement from Frida, I think it is important to note that they don’t want to see this incident in a vacuum, but as a part of an ongoing oppression of Palestinians and civilians in Gaza and the West Bank.

      Thank you for your comment!

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