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Institute for Policy Studies / Nuclear Information and Resource Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 13, 2006
10:44 AM

CONTACT: Institute for Policy Studies / Nuclear Information and Resource Service
Emily Schwartz Greco emily@ips-dc.org; (202) 297-5412

 
Women Leaders Urge Negotiated Solution to U.S.-Iran Stalemate to Avert War
 

WASHINGTON - June 13 -

WHO:
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate 1997, USA
Emira Woods, Co-Director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies

WHAT:
News conference on the current crisis between the U.S. and Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting and outcomes from a recent dialogue between women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and the IAEA.

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 14: 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Murrow Room, National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20045

Two women peace prize winners—Jody Williams from the United States and Shirin Ebadi from Iran — last week led a delegation of 10 civil society organizations from both countries. The organizations work on children’s rights, landmines, nuclear power, human rights, women and disarmament issues. They met with government representatives of the IAEA Board of Governors and IAEA officials. They also promoted greater exchange between Iranian and U.S. non-governmental organizations.

Woods, from IPS, was one of the participants in the trip as were delegates from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Feminist Majority Foundation, American Friends Service Committee, Global Fund for Women, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Greenpeace International. Williams and Woods will be available to discuss the outcomes of these meetings at the press conference.

Ebadi and Williams belong to the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a new project of women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates that includes: Jody Williams (U.S. 1997), Shirin Ebadi (Iran, 2003), Wangari Maathai (Kenya, 2004), Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala, 1992) and Betty Williams (Ireland, 1976).

Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines to eliminate anti-personnel landmines. Ebadi, a lawyer, received the award for her tireless efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women, children, and political prisoners in Iran.

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