How many women and from which countries
We do not have an accurate
final account, but we estimate over 700 participants attended the conference. We
arranged hotel accommodation for 400 internationals, and we estimate that 300 more joined us at the conference site –
Israelis, Palestinians, and other internationals who arranged for their own accommodation.
We know that 750 translation earphones were used during the first (largest) day of the conference. Therefore, our official estimate is “over 700”.
from the following 39 countries: Abkhazia; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Bolivia; Bosnia-Herzegovina; Cambodia; Canada; Chechnya;
Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Croatia; D.C. Congo; Denmark; El Salvador; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Guatemala; Iceland;
India; Ireland; Israel; Italy; Japan; Netherlands; Nigeria; Palestine; Philippines; Russia; Serbia-Montenegro; South Africa;
Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; U.K.; and U.S.
2. Women from regions in conflict
Thanks to the generosity
of foundations and individuals, the conference was immensely enriched by the presence of women who are peace and human rights
activists in regions that are in conflict or post-conflict situations (and one woman from the oppressed Dalit caste in India). These women spoke at plenary sessions and in workshops, and also shared extensively
during the informal periods.
For these participants,
the conference paid for air-travel, hotel accommodation, conference expenses, and per diem for their stay in the region before
and after the conference. (The conference also gave partial stipends for local
fees to some 30 women who were able to pay airfare.) The women who were on full
§ From Abkhazia: Natella Akaba
§ From Bolivia: Julieta Rosario Ojeda Marguay
§ From Chechnya: Natalia Estemirova
§ From Chile: Liliana Mason Padilla
§ From Colombia: Maria Theresa Arizabaleta and Sandra Guttierez
§ From El Salvador: Dinorah Aguinada Deras
From Guatemala: Yolanda de la Luz Aguilar
From India: Joanna Bhalerao
From Nigeria: Charity Angya
From the Philippines: Eleanor Jose
From Russia: Elena Vilenskaya
From the former Yugoslav republics: Jelena
Djordjević, Jadranka Milićević, Lepa Mladjenović, Tijana Popivoda, Svetlana Šarić, Zorica Trifunović, Staša Zajović.
The participation of women
from these countries was funded by foundations and members of Women in Black vigils from all over the world.
3. Other special participants
In addition to the women
from regions of conflict, attending the conference were other officials and leaders in their communities. To name a few:
- Five women who had been nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize
- A member of the European Parliament
- A Minister in the Palestinian Authority
- Three former members of the Israeli Knesset
- A Buddhist monk working in Cambodia
- Three nuns from India
- A liberation theology Catholic pastor from Canada
Many of the hundreds of
other participants are leaders in their organizations and communities on behalf of peace and human rights.