Just picture groups of women around the world rallying against the war at US embassies and other symbolic places-all on the same day! It would be hard for US leaders to ignore. It would be hard for the media to ignore. And it would fire us up as women to know that our actions were being replicated by our sisters all over the globe. So what are we waiting for? Let's make March 8, International Women's Day, a time for flexing our collective muscle as women. Let's revive the dream of the women who came before us and carved out March 8 as a day for us to be a visible, vocal and vibrant force for peace and justice! (Click here for history of March 8.) Add your event, or view global March 8th actions & events on our online calendar! Click here for details.
If you live outside the United States:

Since it was the United States that led the unprovoked attack on Iraq in 2003 and continues to occupy that country with over 150,000 troops, we suggest that our demands be directed at US government representatives. If you live in a city with a US embassy or consulate, we ask that you join with others to deliver the signatures against the war to your US embassy. Ask for a meeting with the ambassador to talk about your call for an end to the occupation, and/or hold a rally outside the Embassy.

If you live in a city without an embassy or consulate: We encourage you to hold an anti-war rally in a well-trafficked part of town. If possible, please wear pink and have a banner-in your own language-that says "Women Say No to War." PLEASE make sure that you invite other groups to participate, post your event on this website, send out a press release (here's a sample) call the media, make sure to get a good photographer who will take pictures and send them to us right away.

If you live in the United States:

Join us in Washington DC: Consider joining us in Washington DC on March 7-8. A delegation of Iraqi and American women, including mothers who have lost their children in this war, will travel to Washington DC to pressure the Bush administration, meet with Congresspeople, hold public events and strategize for future actions. It will be an emotional and historic time, and we'd love for you to be there. Click here to join us in Washington D.C. and click here to view the Iraqi-U.S. delegation schedule.

If you can't come to Washington DC, hold an event or join an already planned activity in your city. Here are some suggestions:

Solidarity with Iraqi Women: Use March 8 to educate people about how Iraqi women have suffered under the occupation. Here are some ways to show your solidarity with Iraqi women:

  • Click here to read about the Iraqi women delegates who can participate in your anti-war events/town hall meetings. They can speak at events to build momentum for March 18th, or at the big anti-war rallies, as well as other events you might set up for them. It is a rare occasion that we get to hear directly from Iraqis themselves, especially women. They can talk firsthand about the effects of the war on their lives and the lives of ordinary Iraqis. Some have lost loved ones in this war, some are doctors or humanitarian workers who have witnessed the ravages of war. All ardently oppose the presence of U.S. troops.
  • Raise much needed funds for Iraqi women. Help sponsor the delegation of Iraqi women that will be joining us in DC on March 8 and touring the US for the week following International Women's Day. Support Iraqi women's organizations working for peace in the Middle East. Organize a fundraising event to help raise money, or ask for donations at vigils and other events. To make a donation, please click here, or mail checks to Women Say No to War, 2017 Mission Street #303, San Francisco, CA 94110.
  • Hold a teach in. Many people are undereducated about the real situation of women in Iraq and are confused by the misleading messages from the Bush administration about women's liberation in Afghanistan and Iraq. Organize a teach-in about the issues that Iraqi women are facing at a local book store, a meeting place, a café, a church, or on a college campus. To learn more about the current status of women in Iraq, click here. CODEPINK will be releasing a report on the status of Iraqi women that we can send you to use in your teach-in. We will post flyers and photos that you can download soon and distribute at events.

Vigil for Peace: Organize a lunchtime or after work vigil in front of a recruiting station, a government building or a well-trafficked spot. Make a big "Women Say No to War" banner, and dress in your wildest pink. That way you'll be sure to stand out-no matter what size the crowd, and you'll be mirroring the vigils taking place all over the world.

  • Take a moment of silence or take a moment to collectively wail, expressing our sorrow at seeing so many of our brothers and sisters fallen in war.
  • Consider giving up a meal-either lunch or dinner-and using the time to vigil for peace. Collectively donate the funds you would have spent on food to Iraqi women's organizations (see donation information above).
  • Read the names of the fallen soldiers and Iraqi civilians as a group. Click here to download the list of those who have perished in this war. One person can read the names, or your group can read them as a chorus, going in a circle and having each person read a name in turn. Bring candles. Sometimes people say "Presente" after each person's name, to acknowledge their presence and their life.
  • Start a progressive fast: Hold a rolling fast for 24 hours or for multiple days, such as from March 8 to March 19, the anniversary of the occupation of Iraq. One person can fast each day, and can spend time publicly fasting in a visible place, such as outside a government building or in a busy town square. For example, the women in Albany, New York, held a progressive fast outside the state capitol, where they set up a bed.
  • Make your vigil an ongoing event by vigiling every Wednesday. Let this vigil be a continual reminder of our collective commitment to nonviolence and an end to war. By organizing ongoing communities of women who gather routinely, collectively you can create tighter bonds of friendship and compassion across racial and economic lines.

Take to the streets! Organize a march through your town. Hold a rally. Protest outside a recruiting station or a government building. Do a banner drop over a freeway or in a public area during rush hour.

  • Pick a major thoroughfare where many pedestrians will be able to see your group marching.
  • Bring banners with phrases such as:
    - Women Say No to War
    - 2006: We end war
    - No to the lying, the spying, and the dying!
    - Choose a favorite line to quote from the Global Women's Call for Peace
  • Create a song and cheer sheet and keep your march lively with music.

Hold Elected Representatives Accountable: Use March 8 to pressure your local congressperson to support anti-war legislation or, if they are already doing so, take a stronger lead to bring our troops home. You can bring them copies of the signatures you've collected. And If you have already been lobbying your representative to no avail, consider a sit-in in their office. International Women's Day is a good time to get radical for peace!

Visual ideas:

  • Create a large visual of the Global Women's Call for Peace petition and add that it has been signed by 100,000 women around the world (we hope to reach this goal by March 8!). We will soon post a printable version of the petition that denotes the number of signatures, prominent women who have signed on, and has an attractive visual design-you can print it out and present it to your representatives.
  • Pink Slips: Pink Slips are a signature CODEPINK action, symbolically serving to fire public officials who are not representing the true majority of Americans by continuing to wage (and fund) an illegal war. Air the administration's "dirty laundry" on Pink Slips with itemized bad deeds on a laundry line in public. Click here for some inspiring pink slip images. Make pink brooms to "clean up the politics" in the US.

For more information, please see this legislative action toolkit.

Evening or Weekend Pink-In for Peace: Plan a public event to celebrate women worldwide and to spread the message of peace and an end to the occupation of Iraq.

  • Evening event: Plan an evening of spoken word, music, and dance performances that showcase the talents of the women in your community. Make it a night of arts and entertainment highlighting the power of women's work across cultures.
  • Daytime event: Plan a tea party or a picnic in an outdoor location such as a neighborhood park or plaza. Make it positive, fun, and educational at the same time. Click here for pink snack and drink recipes.
  • See the solidarity with Iraqi women section for educational resources to bring to your event.
  • Raise awareness about International Women's Day as a day to celebrate women's work for peace by making some visuals about the herstory of the day and speaking about it at the event.

Take action on a College Campus: If you are a college or high school student and want to organize on campus, click here for organizing ideas.

No matter what kind of event you decide to plan, please also publicize our plans for Mother's Day 2006!

On Mother's Day, May 14th, we will march on Washington and we will read the original Mother's Day Declaration by Julia Ward Howe. We will encourage women to bring their families. We can do this no matter where Congress is on the War, since it will be a statement about our commitment to peace all over the world, with Iraq as a focus, but an example of what is wrong with the world. Plans are still underway for what this action will look like-we are considering an ongoing vigil, a sustained presence outside Congress demanding that our elected representatives stop funding the war.

Not sure how to organize an event for March 8?

Click here for outreach ideas, media suggestions, event planning tips, and more!