For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

Francine Porter ( 412-389-3216;
Eileen Olmstead ( 412-404-2594

G20 Plans are a Go! Women's Coalition Announces Tent City Project


Who: Women’s Coalition, organized by CODEPINK and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Announcing the Women’s Tent City, a project of protest to the policies
of the G-20 and of solidarity with women and children refugees.

Women’s Tent City includes two full days of workshops. Four of the many
topics covered are: Gender, Globalization and Conflict in Iran, Iraq
and Palestine;  Impact of War on Women/Women Waging Peace; Israel and
Palestine-The Economy of the Occupation; Through a Mother’s Eyes-Impact
of War on Children. There will also be a children’s activity tent where
children can make their own artistic images of a better world.

When: Monday and Tuesday, September 21st and 22nd

Where: Point State Park

Women’s Coalition has developed the Women’s Tent City to educate people
about the policies of the G20 and their relationship to the suffering
of women and children as refugees and victims of war. Edith Bell, one
of the organizers of this project, said “We
want to express our concern and draw attention to the consequences of
war on women and children who make up the majority of refugees and
victims of war.” It is the position of the Women’s Coalition that the
policies of the G20 and the weapons-dependent economies of their
countries that perpetuate global violence. Women and children comprise
the majority of victims of war and of the refugee population created by
war. Francine Porter of CODEPINK added "We are honored to represent the
voice of refugees around the world.”

The Women’s Tent City is inviting Pittsburghers and the many visitors to our city to stop by and join in the discussion.

The Women’s Coalition is an affiliate of the Thomas Merton Center



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