Dear SWYers All around the World,
I hope everyone doing fine all and has made a good start to 2008. I am writing this email because one of the projects I have also involved in 2005 and planning to involve this year as well is looking for both participants for the present participating countries, also trying to enlarge the project with the participation of new countries. And I believe with the help of you, maybe directly you or via the networks you all have all over the world we can have newcomers in this amazing project which is as exciting as SWY, a great chance for all the women who are tired to watch news about war and who can finally get a way to do something, to contribute to the peace process.
You all can get detail information from the website of the project which is http://www.followthewomen.com/Just to give you a brief info: FOLLOW THE WOMEN is an international movement comprised of approximately 300 ordinary women, from as many as 30 different countries, who support peace and an end to violence in the Middle East. There has never been a greater need for the women of the world to work together for a more peaceful present and future.
The aims of FOLLOW THE WOMEN are to:raise awareness of how the current situation in the Middle East affects the lives of women and children in the region,show solidarity towards women in the region, increase support networks between women all around the world,bring an end to violence and suffering in the region.In order to work towards achieving these aims, FOLLOW THE WOMEN organized three cycle rides, and is currently preparing for the fourth ride to be held in 2008.
In April 2004, the first ride was across Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. In September 2005, the second bicycle ride took place from Beirut to Damascus to Amman and finally into Ramallah, Palestine. In April 2007, cycling began in Syria, continuing into Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.
For more info please visit the website. Or you can ask me any unclear points or to Dear Detta who is the main coordinator of the project.The list below shows the already participating countries and anyone from those countries may contact with the coordinators listed below-if any email doesn’t work, please contact me-, for the countries which are not on the list-THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PROJECT- we are looking for NEW coordinators and NEW participants for NEW COUNTRIES.
Please as SWYers help us both in distributing this information and getting new countries involved into the project.If we want to inherent a better world to our children I do believe we all should be doing something for the problems in the world. If you feel really unhappy not being able to do something about the situation in middle east, if you say enough to bloody wars and assassinations, attacks to people, here is a chance to do something. I believe every small step means something and can create a domino effect first by making people more conscious to world issues than encouraging them to react against them.If any of you can participate I will be so happy to see you in FTW 2008.
The ride this year will be held in 30th April-11th May, starting in Beirut, finishing on the Palestinian/Jordanian border.Like SWY, FTW was one of the best projects I had a chance to involve. If you have a small chance to come please do not hesitate, you will understand me better after FTW.Thanks for your support in advance.
Best Wishes to you all and Greetings from Istanbul
Dhouha Ben Youssef