Woman Wage Peace
Woman for Peace in Middle East
Women Wage Peace is a broad grassroots movement, the largest in the country, that was founded in the summer of 2014 following Operation Protective Edge. The movement has tens of thousands of members from the right, the center and the left of the political spectrum, Jews and Arabs, religious and secular, from the center of the country and the periphery, women from kibbutzim and from settlements, all of whom are united in a demand for a mutually binding non-violent accord, agreeable to both sides. Members of the movement from all over the country initiate and organize diverse and creative activities on a regional and national level within the framework of 50 regional teams and 12 professional national teams: Strategy, Strategic Partnerships, Strategic Communication, Digital, Government Engagement, Reaching out to Palestinian and International Women, Projects, Diversity, Budget, Training, National Coordinators, and Logistics.
Woman Wage Peace has organized hundreds of parlor meetings and discussion groups as well as hundreds of screenings of the movie about the successful struggle of Liberian women for peace; the woman stood at intersections throughout the country; they organized events for the holidays (Kindling the Hope for Hanukah, Planting Seeds of Peace for Tu B’shvat); they organize exhibits on the subject of peace; Woman Wage Peace participates in panel discussions, conferences and lectures at the universities.
The song "Prayer of the Mothers", was born as a result of an alliance made between singer-songwriter Yael Deckelbaum, and a group of courageous women, leading the movement of “Women Wage Peace”. The movement arose on summer 2014 during the escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and the military operation “Tzuk Eitan”.
On October 4, 2016, Jewish and Arab women began with the joint "March of Hope" project. Thousands of women marched from the north of Israel to Jerusalem in a call for peace. A call that reached it’s peak on October 19th, in a march of at least 4,000 women half of them Palestinian, and Half Israeli, in Qasr el Yahud (on the northern Dead Sea).
The very same evening 15,000 women protested in front of the priministors house in Jerusalem. The marches were joined by the Nobel Prize for Peace winner Leymah Gbowee, who lead to the end of the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003, by the joint force of women. In the song, Yael combined a recording of Leymah, sampled from a youtube video in which she had sent her blessings to the movement.