WOMEN WAGE PEACE
Women Wage Peace is a broad-based grassroots movement founded after the Gaza War of 2014 (Operation Protective Edge) and counts among its thousands of members women from the political Right, Center, and Left, Jewish and Arab women, religious and secular women–all of them united in their demand for a political agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Today they are over 20,000 registered members. They hold dozens of parlor meetings every month; stand in crossroads all over Israel every week; they are working on a peace quilt, with “pieces of peace” arriving from all over the world; and more and more activities and workshops all over Israel, from the north to the south.
On October 2016 they marched, 20,000 women from all across the land, in demand of a political agreement. Their message was simple: »We are walking until there is a return to the negotiation table ». These women were supported by the actions of women throughout the World : in the Middle-East, but also in Europe, the United States and Japan.
Peres Center for Peace Saving Children Program
This humanitarian project treats Palestinian infants and children in Israeli hospitals for complex medical procedures and diagnoses in cases where such services are unavailable in the Palestinian healthcare system. The Palestinian population is very young – with 50% under the age of 15 – which places high demand and great pressure on the pediatric capacities of the Palestinian healthcare system.
In partnership with the Palestinian pediatric community, since 2003 this project has facilitated the referral of Palestinian infants and children to Israeli hospitals for complex procedures and diagnoses. Over 1,000 referrals are received annually, resulting in major procedures such as cardiac surgery, bone marrow transplants, neurosurgery, cancer treatment and more. The project brings together the best in the Israeli and Palestinian civil societies, incorporating a network of over 60 Palestinian and Israeli doctors, referring, treating and monitoring the children.
Today, the Peres Center for Peace Saving Children Program has provided lifesaving treatment and medical procedures to around 12 000 children and babies in Israeli hospitals. This important project not only provides a new and healthy future for Palestinian children who are desperately in need of life saving treatment, but also creates a unique and meaningful peacebuilding experience between Palestinians and Israelis – from the doctors and medical personnel who treat the children to the parents from both sids who share in one another’s mutual worry over the illness of a child. Though this important program continue striving to achieve a future of hope, a future of peace, a future where all children are able to enjoy their lives as children should.