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Jean Stevens, CODEPINK media coordinator, 508-769-2138
Blaine Clarke, CODEPINK D.C., 757-870-0691

Leaders from Sri Lanka, Congo, Iran and More to Host 'Voices Of Peace: In Conversation With Women In Conflict'

Will discuss effects of world conflicts on women, role in diplomacy


In Congo, Sri Lanka, Iran, Syria and other countries wracked by war
and political turmoil, women play a vital role in rebuilding society,
stabilizing families, strengthening the work force and pressuring their
governments for change.

WHAT: "Voices of Peace" panel discussion, presented by CODEPINK Women for Peace
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 8
WHERE: Eatonville restaurant, 2121 14th St. NW, D.C.

In a rare and powerful dynamic conversation at 7:30 p.m. here at the new Eatonville
restaurant, a handful of women leaders from these countries will
discuss their experiences organizing in their communities and explore
how women can affect new social and government policy.

Farreh Hassen, Middle East policy expert and fellow at Washington's Institute for Policy Studies, Simin Royanian, co-founder of Women for Peace and Justice in Iran, Rosha Hebsur with People for Equality and Relief in Lanka (PEARL), Alma AbdulHadi, president and managing director of the woman-owned law firm Kommon Denominator, Inc.,
and Nita Evele, an activist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, will
also discuss conflict and its effects, U.S. foreign policy and the
power of taking action in local communities. (Visit here for panelist bios).

"We're thrilled to have these incredible women leading us in a
first-hand conversation on the enormous role women play in holding
societies together through war, and how women must be at the table in
negotiating foreign policy and peace," said Blaine Clarke,
co-coordinator of the event. "In the spirit of the original call to
Mother's Day, which called on mothers to tell their sons to stop war,
we'll explore how women can work to create peace."

The event precludes CODEPINK's 24-hour Mother's Day
vigil to be held from 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9 to 1 p.m Sunday, May 10 in
Lafayette Park across the street from the White House, an event that
will include creative workshops, face-painting and entertainment, a
show from the famous clown Patch Adams, live music, an interfaith
service and speeches by Afghan, Iranian and Iraqi women.

CODEPINK is a women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives, and redirect our tax dollars into healthcare, education, green jobs and other life-affirming programs.

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