Women Against War
Monday, March 8, 2010
4 – 5:30 p.m.
Henry Johnson Boulevard Bridge, Albany
Gather at Central Avenue and Henry Johnson Boulevard
(former Northern Boulevard Bridge)
Connie LaPorta, 518 274-4863.
Maureen Aumand, 518 869-6674
For Immediate Release
Women Against War, a Capital District organization of women concerned about the effects of war on families, especially women and children, will observe International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8 with a public demonstration for peace. Women as well as men and children are invited to join Women Against War in a gathering on Henry Johnson Boulevard Bridge in Albany, at the Central Avenue end of the bridge and extending down the bridge sidewalk. The demonstration will take place from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
This local event is one of hundreds around the globe on March 8, sponsored by Women for Women International to help women whose lives are torn apart by war. Women for Women International is a grassroots organization empowering women in war-torn countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, the Congo and Sudan. Women for Women International is encouraging the Join Women on the Bridge gatherings to symbolize building bridges of peace for our future.
Women on the Bridge participants will display messages and wishes for peace and development for women in war-torn countries all across the world. According to Women for Women, 75 percent of the civilians killed in war are women and children. As never before, women are forced to bear the burden of war. Women are targeted for rape and violence as a tool of war. They are forced from their homes, lose husbands and children and often become the sole providers for their families.
This year is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.
For more information about joining the Henry Johnson Bridge demonstration in Albany on March 8, visit the Women Against War website, or call Connie at 274-4863 or Marcia at 283-5353. Participants are encouraged to register in advance for the Albany event on line at Women for Women International. Registration is not required but will give the organizers information about response, will allow participants to see who else is registered, and will encourage others to join in the events.