The Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) has chosen March 8th, which marks International Womenâ€™s Day (IWD), to announce the launch of their Womenâ€™s Boat to Gaza (WBG) project.The Womenâ€™s Boat to Gaza will set sail mid-September of this year, and plans to dock at a number of Mediterranean ports along its route, and arrive Gaza on October the 1st.
According to the PNN, the FFCâ€™s fourth mission (FF4) will be sailed by an all women crew and will carry aboard notable women from all over the world, in order to highlight the undeniable contributions which have been made by Palestinian women to the resistance movement. Palestinian women have been central to the struggle in Gaza, the West Bank, inside the Green Line and throughout the diaspora.
â€śOne of our goals is to highlight this struggle and the devastating effects it has had on women, often left alone, sifting through rubble to take care of their families when their husbands are imprisoned or murderedâ€ť said Wendy Goldsmith, of the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign. â€śOn International Womenâ€™s Day, and on every day, we stand with these brave and resilient women, and will send the Womenâ€™s Boat to Gaza to let them know they are not alone and to end the illegal blockade of Gaza.â€ť
WBG is endorsed by renowned womenâ€™s organizations from all over the world, among them: The Womenâ€™s Affairs Center (Gaza), The Coalition of Women for Peace (Israel), Forum de Politica Feminista (Spain), Womenâ€™s Front (Norway), Coordinadora de Solidaridad Palestina (Mexico), CODEPINK Women for Peace (US) and FĂ©dĂ©ration des femmes du QuĂ©bec (Canada).
The Freedom Flotilla Coalition campaigns participating in the WBG are:
Canadian Boat to Gaza
Freedom Flotilla Italy
International Committee for Breaking the Siege of Gaza
IHH â€“ Turkey
Palestine Solidarity Alliance-South Africa
Rumbo a Gaza-Spain
Ship to Gaza Norway
Ship to Gaza Sweden
Other WBG international partners include:
Kia Ora Gaza â€“ New Zealand
Miles of Smiles
US Boat to Gaza
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