Solidarity messages from WIB for the Courts of Women

Women in Black-Vienna wants to extend its full solidarity and support on the occasion of the South Asia Court of Women, to be held from 11 - 13 August 2003 in Dhaka.

The problem of trafficking of women is something which affects all of us tremendously. If we have been fortunate enough not to have experienced it personally, we cannot help but be deeply touched, indeed horrified, by this crime. Women all over the world must be affected and appalled that human life canbe treated or bought in this way, that morals and ethics have sunk to an incomprehensible, unfathomably low point in the history of humanity.

It is for this reason that holding of the South Asia Court of Women is so important and we wish the organisers and participants a successful and most enlightening discussion.

Paula Abrams-Hourani
Women in Black-Vienna

We are a group of "Women in Black" Edinburgh, and we stood in solidarity with you yesterday on Edinburgh's main street. Currently the Edinburgh International Festival is happening, so there were lots of passersby from a range of countries.

Through placards, we highlight the fact that trafficking is an organised crime and it is the traffickers, that is trafficking of marriage, sale, slave labour and prostitution. Further, we will also raise the various factors that make women vulnerable to trafficking which will include the setting up of casinos and a liberal excise policy in the name of tourism. And last but not the least, we will express through the placards and our silence, the agony of the trafficked in going through the placards and our silence, the agony of the trafficked in going through the criminal justice system and the dire need for this change.

We extend our solidarity with women worldwide who will protest on trafficking.
From Bailancho Saad - Goa, India (A Women's Collective)

Dear Women in Black India and AWHRCI sisters: We, the Women in Black of Buffalo, New York, USA, join with you this evening as you stand in vigil for the women who suffer from being trafficked and those infected with Hiv/Aids. We stand here in the United States every week to protest our own government's murderous policies, and in solidarity with women everywhere who are fighting for a peaceful world.

Thank you for your efforts to bring to the world's attention the need to devote more resources to ending trafficking and helping those who are dealing with Hiv/Aids

Working for peace,
Women in Black, Buffalo

The day before the India Court of Women "Daughters of Fire" started, more than 300 women took part of the silent WiB vigil against violence on women. After a while I was photographing the participants and the banners they were carrying, I suddenly saw many of the group in the traffic streets around handing out leaflets to inform why we were in the streets and to invite them to the Women's Court. Never ever I saw handed out so many leaflets. Never ever I saw so many people effective starting reading the pamphlet after they got it. After the vigil not one pamphlet was thrown on the ground. I was very impressed. The rituals like letting go the balloons, lighting the candles and the gathering afterwards, sitting in the streets and sharing our experience and strength, the singing that started, it made it all a fantastic start of what would be a very extra-ordinary, very strong India Women's Court.
Lieve Snellings
Women in Black, Belgium

Speak out against Violence on Women; Stop Violence in the name of Culture and Religion; Dowry Murders are Wars against Women; Women for Peace; Women for Communal Harmony; Development creates Dowry.
were some of the silent expressions of protest.