Women Say NO to War: Iraqi & American Women Speak Out


Women Say NO to War: Iraqi & American Women Speak Out

This DVD includes:

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day, a 40-minute documentary by filmmaker and journalist Diane Mason, weaves the historic origins of Mother’s Day into a contemporary exploration of women united to end war. More than a century after Julia Ward Howe’s stirring call for a Mother’s Day for Peace, thousands gather with actress Susan Sarandon and activist Cindy Sheehan in Washington, D.C. on Mother’s Day 2006 for the Women for Peace vigil. Howe’s eloquent proclamation resonates among the women assembled and the grieving mothers at home as they respond to the charge, “We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

Iraqi Women Speak Out

In March 2006, CODEPINK invited eight Iraqi women to the U.S. to speak about their experiences under the U.S. invasion and occupation. They were doctors, engineers, professors, and journalists. Two of the women had their entire families killed by U.S. troops. They were denied visas to enter the U.S. on the grounds that they did not have sufficient family to guarantee they would return to Iraq. The six women who were given visas traveled separately to dozens of cities throughout the U.S., speaking with community groups, churches, veterans, and families of active duty GIs. The remarkable courage of these women and the authenticity of their witness to the horrendous reality of the occupation challenges Americans to take responsibility for the actions of the U.S. government and force an end to the brutal, illegal, and immoral occupation of Iraq.