Chapter 7: Power Prevails
How did women on the radical left (avowed
Maoists) dwell in peace with the bourgeois liberal women in the movement? This
chapter looks at how diverse women managed to share a universe of discourse despite vastly different political persuasions
until the Gulf War erupted and raised a conflict that dissipated the trust so painstakingly built up over the years.
8: The Years of Perseverance
In the aftermath
of the Gulf War, the movement became dispirited and diminished in numbers. A
hard core of women, however, continued to stand on the vigil. What sustained
this commitment? And how did the election of Yitzhak Rabin affect the vigil and
its struggle for peace?
9: Foreign Supporters and International Vigils
The movement of Women in Black in Israel
inspired vigils throughout Europe, North America, and Asia. Women in Black vigils
have since been used in many countries to protest local issues (ethnic cleansing in former Yugoslavia, Muslim fundamentalist
violence in India, domestic abuse in Australia, neighborhood violence in the U.S., etc.), and a mass Women in Black vigil
was held in Beijing as part of the 1995 U.N. Conference on Women. The international
network of women for peace and its nurturing of the mother movement in Israel are surveyed.
10: Beyond Oslo, Beyond Rabin
The effect of the Middle East peace process
on the Women in Black movement is examined, focusing on the alternating euphoria and discouragement evoked by the twisting
road to peace. This chapter also reflects upon the consequences of the assassination
of Yitzhak Rabin and the subsequent election victory of many who oppose the peace process.
11: Impact: A Completely Biased View
Did Women in Black have an impact on
making peace? The many faces of impact are surveyed, with special attention to
the personal transformation of women who participated and their subsequent roles as socializers for peace. “We, the great army of nurturers, now serve up politics with your dinner.” But is peace really on the agenda?