Who’s Coming? Women in Black and members of women’s peace
organizations from all over the world are invited. So far we have
reservations from nearly 100 women in 25 countries (representing every
Accommodations: We have booked wonderful space at 2 hotels in the
heart of the historic Old City of Jerusalem (Knight’s Palace and
Gloria). These Palestinian-owned hotels are just steps away from shops,
restaurants, kiosks, the suq (market), and famous historic
landmarks. One of these hotels has a roof with an incredible view
of the entire city, and will be used in the evenings for music and
other multicultural events.
Political Exhibition: We invite everyone to share their Women in
Black “accessories” from home – flyers, posters, photos, stickers –
anything your group created to reflect its activities and
concerns. Do not plan on bringing this material with you
into the country, but send it in advance (even if you are not
coming). Details below.
Translations: All plenary sessions will have simultaneous
translations into Arabic, Hebrew, English, Spanish, French, and
Accessibility: The hotel and meeting rooms are wheelchair
accessible. Let us know in advance if you are in a wheelchair, so
we can arrange the right buses. If you are hearing disabled and
need signing, let us know. We will try to find signers in any
languages required. The fact-finding tours will include some
walking, but not a lot.
Food: All conference meals will be vegetarian (the famous Mediterranean cuisine).
Costs: We arranged unprecedented low rates for everything: $200
(ˆ155) per person. This covers 4 nights in the hotel (shared
room), 3 meals a day, conference rooms, translations, printed
materials, chartered buses, fact-finding tours of the occupied
territories, cultural events, and an amazing political and personal
experience. [The price does not include airfare or transport to and
from airports, which participants will have to provide.]
Home Hospitality: To lower costs, we will try to arrange for
sleeping in homes in Jerusalem, but still have to charge $100 (ˆ78) per
person (for all 4 days) to offset the costs of meals and other
expenses. We have only a limited number of homes, and you will
have to make your own arrangements for getting back and forth to the
Stipends: Thanks to generous friends, we are now able to provide
full stipends and some partial subsidies, with priority to women peace
activists in regions of conflict. We are still searching for more
funding to allow us to bring more women, and we welcome your
contributions to the Stipend Fund (see below).
Deadline for Registration: 1 July 2005. There is no need to
send money in advance! At the conference site, we will ask for
full payment upon your arrival (in cash – we have no credit card
capability). To register, write to
Appreciation! We would like to thank the Kvinna till Kvinna
Foundation in Sweden for their generous support of this conference…and
their rapid response! Special thanks also to the individuals who
have pledged donations to the Stipend Fund. Thank you all!
Pre- and Post-conference Reservations
Women who want to arrive a few days early or remain after the
conference are invited to make these arrangements directly with the
hotel of your choice. We have received the following quotes from
Knight’s Palace or Gloria Hotel – Bed and breakfast, $30/day per
woman for a shared room. Say that you are with Women in Black.
To reserve space:
or Tel: (+972-2) 628-2537
or Fax: (+972-2) 628-2401.
YWCA (20-25 min. walk from the Old City) – Bed and breakfast, $25/day
per woman in a shared room, $35/day for a single room.
To reserve space,
or Tel: (+972-2) 628-2593
or Fax: (+972-2) 628 4654.
New Imperial Hotel (inside the Old City) – Bed and breakfast, $20/day
per woman in a shared room. Say that you are with Women in Black.
To reserve space,
or Tel: (+972-2) 627-2000
or Fax: (+972-2) 627-1530.
Pre- and post-confererence arrangements are entirely up to the
individual participant. Please try to make a reservation soon,
because participants in the World Pride conference (18-28 August) will
be vying for space.
We are planning an exhibition of Women in Black materials – flyers,
posters, photos – whatever reflects something about your group’s
Please do not plan to bring this with you, but mail it in advance to:
Bat Shalom (for the WIB Conference)
P.O. Box 2426
Jerusalem, Israel 91023
Mail your materials now, so we can have them by early July.
If needed, include identifying information with or on your materials:
Ö The name of your group
Ö The location, city and country
Ö Date of materials
Ö Your e-mail address (group or contact person)
Materials will not be returned.
For questions and additional information about the exhibit, please contact illit at
The Women in Black Stipend Fund
Contributions to the WIB Stipend Fund will enable women to attend who
could not otherwise come. A contribution to this fund can be made
through the Coalition of Women for Peace in one of 3 ways:
1) For a US-tax deduction, make out a check to "New Israel Fund”, write
on the memo line (or separately) that it is “For the Coalition of Women
for Peace for WIB", and mail it to New Israel Fund, 1101 14th Street
NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005-5639. (Minimum they will accept
is $50.) Let us know that you are doing this, so we can use
it in our planning.
2) If a US-tax deduction is not relevant, make out a check to the
“Coalition of Women for Peace”, write “For WIB” on the memo line, and
mail it to Coalition of Women for Peace, P.O. Box 10252, 91102
Jerusalem, Israel. Any currency is welcome!
3) Or you can wire transfer a contribution directly into our bank
account. If you do this, make sure you let us know by e-mail or
letter that this is for Women in Black.
Our bank address:
Israel Discount Bank, Hamoshava Branch #062, 21 Emek Refaim Street, Jerusalem.
Benificiary: Coalition of Women for Peace
Account Number: 967017-512400
Swift Code: IDBLILIT 062
For transfers from Europe: IBAN No. IL 011062 967017 512400