Women Building Bridges March

February 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Posted in Upcoming Events | Leave a comment
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On behalf of our partners in the region of Beit Shean/Emek HaMayanot, we invite you to participate in a Cleveland delegation to the fifth Women Building Bridges March, joining an expected 5,000 women from Israel’s Arab and Jewish sectors and Jordan to march together in friendship.

The conference will be held on Thursday, March 10. The march will be on Friday, March 11, at the Old Bridge site adjacent to Kibbutz Gesher on the Bridge for Peace between Jordan and Israel. The dates coincide with the 100th observance of the International Women’s Day. Program highlights will include a joint march through the landscapes of the Jordan River, a bike trip to the Island of Peace, workshops and activities directed towards the women participants as well as performances, sports competitions, opportunities for dialogue and a special commemorative ceremony (see schedule for more information).

Additional partners supporting the march include the Jewish National Fund, the Israeli Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Israeli Ministry of Regional Development, the Authority for the Development of the Galilee and the Israel State Department.

We look forward to your response indicating your interest in participating with us in the Women Building Bridges March and to organizing an extended itinerary for your visit. Please RSVP your interest to Sally Levine at the Federation – salevine@jcfcleve.org or 216.593.2900, ext. 305.

Sincerely, Cindy Attias, P2K Chair Suellen Kadis, Women’s Philanthropy Chair Women Building Bridges March


About the March

In 1994, upon the signing of the peace accords, Sheikh Hussein Bridge was opened for passage of civilians and merchandise between Israel and Jordan. The Valley of the Springs Regional Council viewed this as an opportunity for initiating contacts and generating cooperative working relations with its neighbors from the east, and for mutual ties between the nations on both sides of the border.

The first international women’s march of this kind in the region – Women’s March for Peace – was held in 1999. The march took place along the Israel – Jordan border, along the length of the Jordan River, and approximately 1,500 Israeli women – Jews and Arabs alike – participated. A delegation of women from Jordan arrived and the women marched the length of the route together. Two other marches followed thereafter. The last march was held two years ago when approximately 3,000 women participated from all sectors together with 30 women from Jordan and retired General Mansoor Abu-Rashad, Director of the Institute for Peace and Regional Economic Development in Amman.

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