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Women for Genuine Security is a U.S. based organization that promotes a world of genuine security based on justice and respect for others across national boundaries, a world free of militarism, violence and all forms of sexual exploitation.  Through educational programs and resources, WGS promotes critical analysis, activist partnerships and greater accountability of the U.S. government for the violence, environmental devastation, and sexual abuse caused by the U.S. military in countries that host U.S. forces and bases. We began in 1996 when women from Okinawa (Japan) appealed to us as women living in the United States to take responsibility and speak up about the impacts of our military in other countries.  Women participating in the WGS core group are students, teachers, translators, organizers, policy-makers, writers and mothers.  We share a framework and analysis that pays close attention to systems of inequality based on race, class, gender and nation.

WGS is the U.S. partner in the International Women’s Network Against Militarism, a network of individuals and organizations from South Korea, Philippines, Okinawa, Japan, Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, Guam and the continental United States who are organizing against the harmful effects of U.S. bases, military budgets, and military operations. Working together has enabled us to share experiences, information, and effective organizing strategies.  We are currently committed to working in 5 languages, and translation is a crucial component of our work.  Through this transnational organizing we call for an end to all forms of violence and for economic development based on local people’s needs, especially those of women and children. 

Please note our name change from East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women's Network Against Militarism.

For More Information

"East Asia-U.S.-Puerto Rico Women's Network against Militarism" article published in People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, Asia Journal, 2003.

"Women's Networks Against U.S. Militarism in East-Asia," by Margo Okazawa-Rey.

"Making Connections: Building a East Asia-U.S.-Women's Network Against Militarism," by Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey.

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