Courageous Women of Resistance

Courageous Women of Resistance

“When the book is written on the end of Apartheid in South Africa, a most important chapter will be on the role of women in that struggle.”

— Govan Mbeke, a co-leader with Nelson Mandela in the ANC resistance movement

The same needs to be said of women throughout the world who with courage and unflagging determination work for justice and human rights in their communities. Women helped to bring clean water to Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota, and women were at the forefront of the encampment at Standing Rock, by the contagion of their spirit helping to build an international community of resistance.

Likewise in Israel and Palestine, in the refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank, in organizations such as “Bedouin Women for Themselves” and “Grassroots Jerusalem” women are helping to build a non-violent resistance movement. By refusing to be silenced or compromised by the militarism of settler colonialism, these women are speaking truth to power and in doing so, they are helping to bring enlightenment and engagement in the struggle to build a better and more peaceful future for their children.

This program will be taking place at the following locations.

Saturday, October 21  –  2:00 p.m.
Bethesda Lutheran Church
305  St. Ronan Street   New Haven, CT
(parking lot off Whitney Av.)
Refreshments and Conversation  2:00-2:30
Program  2:30-4:00
Conversation 4:00-4:30

Sunday, October 22, 2:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Community College
Science Lecture Hall A

2240 Iyannough Road
(parking lots 8,9)
West Barnstable, MA
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Monday, October 23  –  7:00 p.m.
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street   Boston, MA

Tuesday, October 24  –  1:30 p.m.
Lincoln Public Library
3 Bedford Road  
Lincoln, MA

Thursday, October 26  – 7:00 p.m.
University of Connecticut
Laurel Hall, Room 102    Storrs CT

Friday, October 27  – 7:30 p.m.
McCook Auditorium, 300 Summit Street
Trinity College  Hartford CT

Saturday, October 28  –  6:30 p.m.
Islamic Association of Greater CT
Berlin Mosque
1781 Berlin Turnpike   Berlin CT

Sunday, October 29  –  2:00 p.m.; Bazaar at 1:30
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
2 Ferry Street   Old Lyme CT

Bazaar and and light refreshments following the presentation

Fayrouz Sharqawi only in Portland, Oregon
Sunday, November 12 – 3:00 p.m.
Ainsworth UCC
2941 NE Ainsworth Street 


Courageous Women speakers…

Madonna Thunder Hawk, a member of the Oohenumpa band of the Madonna Thunder HawkCheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has a long history of grassroots activism prior to her formative work for Lakota People’s Law Project (LPLP) as a Tribal Liaison. She is co-founder of Women of All Red Nations (WARN), as well as the Black Hills Alliance—which prevented corporate uranium mining in the Black Hills and proved the high level of radiation in Pine Ridge reservation’s water supply. She was a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and occupied Alcatraz and Wounded Knee in protest of the federal government’s genocidal policies against Native Americans. She spent months camped in Standing Rock to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline, and to protect clean water and treaty rights. Her work with LPLP builds alliances and support for Indian child welfare among South Dakota’s tribal leaders and communities. She is a grandmother to a generation of Native American activists.

Fayrouz Sharqawi works as the Advocacy Coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem,a platform for Palestinian community-based mobilization, leadership and advocacy in Occupied Jerusalem. They believe that the challenges and responses of Palestinian communities must be articulated and led by them. They map and network in order for the Palestinian communities in Jerusalem to sustainably resist the Israeli policies of displacement, dispossession Fayrouz Sharqawiand dis-empowerment, by creating their own long term strategy, based on their defined priorities and needs. Fayrouz has been the Advocacy coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem since 2012. Within this capacity she has led campaigns and supported community events and activities. She provides political analysis, and has a broad and experienced understanding of development and resistance to oppressive policies under the Israeli occupation. She has a BA in Journalism and English Linguistics, and a Masters in Conflict Resolution.

Also appearing on the Cape…

Jihan Nassar, Program Director for the Bent Al-reef Empowerment Project,an educational program in a Palestinian village. The project seeks to empower village women by opening them to new opportunities, modifying their role within the family and reformulating the individual’s perspective of self. The programs focus on Education, Health Education,Jihan Nassar Family, Children, Environmental Wellness, Personal Development, Agriculture and Organic Farming, Alternative Medicine, Women’s Nutrition, Feminism and Equal Rights, Violence, Arts and Creativity. Jihan is the wife of Daoud Nassar, director of Tent of Nations, an educational and environmental program on the Nassar’s family farm located in the hills southwest of Bethlehem.

Jihan brings with her a book of poems – Where I Am From. These poems were written by the village women in a creative writing workshop during the Women’s Week in March 2009.