organizing & activism: international women's network against militarism

beginnings

The International Women’s Network Against Militarism Network treestarted in 1997 when 40 women activists, policy-makers, teachers and students from South Korea, Okinawa, mainland Japan, the Philippines, and continental USA gathered to share information and to strategize together about the negative effects of US military operations and high military spending in all our countries. Since then, women from Guam, Hawai’i, and Puerto Rico have joined. Women for Genuine Security is the US-based partner in the Network. Together we envision a world of genuine security based on justice, respect for others across national boundaries, economies that meet people’s needs, meaningful opportunities for our children, and respect for people, land, water, and oceans. 

Women in these diverse communities are working on similar issues: military violence against women/trafficking, the appropriation of land for the expansion of US military operations, and health effects of environmental contamination by preparations for war. In the USA, low-income communities face aggressive military recruiting and inadequate services due to inflated military budgets at the expense of socially useful programs. The militarization of the police and the southern border have intensified. Part of our work is to redefine security, especially for women, children, and the environment.

activities

Activities vary from country to country and include services and support to victims/survivors, Korea press conf
public education and protest, research, lobbying, litigation, and promoting alternative economic development. Network quilt

Network members link these separate efforts through:

  • International meetings. 
  • Facilitating links among country groups.
  • Supporting each others’ individual activities and campaigns.
  • Education about how US militarism impacts women, children, and the environment in all Network countries. 
  • Using art for social change. 
Photos (top to bottom): International Women’s Network, Gwyn Kirk, Philippine Women’s Network for Peace and Security
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