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Peace Journey to The Hague

Day 5 - 17 April 2015

Our last day in Istanbul. We were surprised and disappointed to discover that the WILPF International website and the Centenary Women’s Power to Stop War website are both blocked in Turkey. Some online research [after we left] reveals that internet censorship in Turkey is quite widespread, and increasing in recent years.

This reinforced for us how important it is that WILPF advocates and acts for freedom as well as peace.

Wooden houses shutters

traditional houses in Istanbul next to Topkapi Palace, awaiting renovation

The trellis shutters on the windows of these houses allowed the women in the house to look out to the world but not be seen. With censorship of the internet and without access to WILPF International website, it seems to us that the modern women of Turkey are denied this window into the international world of women.

In the evening we were joined by our two WILPF Aotearoa (New Zealand) Peace Journeyers to fly to Bucharest where we met up with the 10th member of the group Leonnie.

Peace Journeyers arrive Bucharest

Janette, June, Stella, Leonnie, Ruth R, Trish, Ruth C, Karen.  Kneeling: our guide Vlad, Del R, Del C.

 

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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.

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