Bombing in Kampala – July 21, 2010

Solidarity Statement to the women of Uganda on the recent bombings in Kampala

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the International Civil society Action Network express strong solidarity with the women of Uganda as they mourn the victims and attend to the injured in the bombings in Kampala on July 11, 2010. We condemn the violent attacks on crowds watching the World Cup finals at a rugby club, an Ethiopian restaurant and a bar in Kampala. We deplore the senseless crime that took the lives of at least 74 innocent civilians and seriously injured others.

We need to reflect on the fact that all those who passed away because of this cowardly act have mothers, wives, sisters and daughters whose lives are shattered because of the lost of their loved ones. It is sad to note that as we celebrate women’s contributions to peacebuilding on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in October 2010, such incident that threaten peace and security processes in the African continent and globally has taken place. At the same time, it is a reminder for us in the women, peace and security community to step up our efforts in finding a lasting solution to armed conflict and violence.

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the International Civil society Action Network demand a swift yet thorough independent investigation by an international body. It is imperative that an independent investigation be carried out immediately and those responsible for the bombings be prosecuted. We also call on the general public to suspend their judgment and not put the blame on any group until an independent investigation has been completed—even as some organizations have allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack. We demand the Ugandan government to guarantee rule of law in compliance with international human rights and humanitarian standards.

We call on the international community to join us in unequivocally denouncing this violent act and to take all necessary steps for the conduct of swift, thorough and an unbiased investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

1. Afghan Women’s Network – Afghanistan

2. Asian Circle 25 – Philippines

3. Association of War Affected Women – Sri Lanka

4. Cadre Permanent de Concertation dela Femme Congolese (CAFCO) – DRC

5. Center for Peace Education – Philippines

6. Center for Women in Governance (CEWIGO) – Uganda

7. Centro de Educacion e Investigacion para la Paz – Spain

8. Cordaid – the Netherlands

9. Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) – Colombia

10. FemLINKPACIFIC – Fiji

11. Fontaine Isoko – Burundi

12. IFOR Women Peacemakers Programme (IFOR WPP) – the Netherlands

13. IFOR WPP Africa Program – Ghana/regional

14. Institute of Human Rights Communication (IHRICON) – Nepal

15. Isis International – Philippines

16. Kitgum Women Peace Initiative (KIWEPI) – Uganda

17. Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas – Colombia

18. Liberia Women Media Action Committee (LIWOMAC) – Liberia

19. Lira Women Peace Initiative (LIWEPI) – Uganda

20. Lira Rural Women & Children Development Initiative Shelter (LIRWOCDI) – Uganda

21. Luwero Women Development Association (LUWODA) – Uganda

22. Mano River Women’s Peace Network (MARWOPNET) – Sierra Leone

23. Mothers for Active Non Violence – Ghana

24. National Women Security Watch (NWS) – Nepal

25. National Organization of Women (NOW) – Sierra Leone

26. Peace Women Across the Globe (1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize

27. Peace Women Partners – Philippines

28. Permanent Peace Movement – Lebanon

29. Rwanda Women’s Network – Rwanda

30. Réseau Femme et Développement – DRC

31. Rural Women Peace Link (RWPL) – Kenya

32. Saathi – Nepal

33. Teso Women Peace Activists (TEWPA) – Uganda

34. Voice of the Voiceless – Liberia

35. Women’s Forum – Sierra Leone

36. Women Care Initiative – Liberia

37. Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) – Nigeria

38. Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) – Liberia

39. Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) – Sierra Leone

40. Women for Justice in Africa (WJA) – Kenya

41. Women’s Partnership for Justice and Peace – Sierra Leone

42. Women Peacemakers Programme (WPP) – Burundi

43. Women Peacemakers Programme (WPP) – DRC

44. Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) – Liberia

Contact:
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza (maviccabreraballeza@gmail.com)
Helena Gronberg (helenagronberg@gmail.com)
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders / International Civil society Action Network
355 Lexington Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10017; USA

DATE:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010