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Women in Black

International Conference for Ending Occupation,War and Violence

Jerusalem

12-16 August 2005 

Join women peace activists for an inspiring four days of learning and action. 

v     Lectures, workshops and multi-cultural events

v     An exhibit of Women in Black materials from around the world

v     Fact-finding tours/teach-ins about Palestinian occupied areas

v     Events to express opposition to occupation, war, and violence
 

For additional information: www.coalitionofwomen.org or write to

 

Details: 

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 continent). 

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 Italian. 

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 conference site. 

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 hotels: 

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. 

Political Exhibition

We are planning an exhibition of Women in Black materials – flyers, posters, photos – whatever reflects something about your group’s work. 

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. 

MANY THANKS!
 

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

 

THANK YOU – We are grateful for your support!