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Beware the Miss-Leaders: 1999 Women's Conference Against APEC
Peace Movement AotearoaPO Box 9314, Wellington. Tel (04) 382 8129, fax (04) 382 8173, firstname.lastname@example.org
Issued 26 May 1999
Details of speakers and registration form included in this message
("If equality means entitlement to an equal share of the profits of economic tyranny it is irreconcilable with liberation. Freedom in an unfree world is merely licence to exploit. Lip service to feminism in the developed nations is a handy disguise for the masculinization of power and the feminization of poverty in the emerging nations". Germaine Greer 1999)
This year New Zealand hosts APEC. APEC stands for Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation or in our view A Patriarchal Exploiters Club.
The choice APEC gives women is to either share in the profits of economic tyranny or drown in the poverty it creates. The official APEC Women Leaders Network Meeting planned for Wellington, 20-23 June 1999 attempts to seduce women to the former; after all who would willingly choose the latter? But we believe APEC should be destroyed not feminised.
APEC is anti-women; anti-people, it epitomises the values of capitalism, patriarchy, greed and oppression. It stands for everything that feminism stands against. APEC supports the agenda of big business to make profits at any cost. It is part of the international network of treaties, forums, and institutions that seek to subjugate the many for the enrichment of the few.
The Miss-Leaders say that it is time for women from the APEC economies to get together. However women have been doing that for the last three years in Manila, Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur. What's more these women have not been meeting in order to prostitute themselves to the APEC agenda. They have been meeting to expose and resist this agenda and to build sisterhood and solidarity throughout the Asia-Pacific.
The Conference is sponsored by the APEC Monitoring Group. The Organising Committee members are: Leigh Cookson, Bronwyn Cross, Maxine Gay, Tere Harrison, Caroline Hatt, Prue Hyman, Tanja Shutz, Luci Highfield, Jane Kelsey, Annie Newman, Christina Rizos, Gillian Southey, Tali Williams
APEC MONITORING GROUP
Since the 1994 APEC Summit in Indonesia, the APEC Monitoring Group has been involved with ongoing research, education and media work on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and the implications of its agenda for Aotearoa and other APEC member countries. Members of the Monitoring Group have attended alternative meetings on APEC in Jakarta (1994), Osaka/Kyoto (1995), Manila (1996), Vancouver (1997) and Kuala Lumpur (1998) as well as monitoring the official APEC meetings themselves and their impact on the cities that have hosted the events. The APEC Monitoring Group is a member of the GATT Watchdog coalition and works closely with Corso and the Trade Union Federation.
Cost: $35.00 Waged
$10.00 Low Waged
High waged women or organisations suggested fee $50.00
PLEASE indicate the theme that you are primarily interested in:
____ Women workers
____ Food and Health
Do you require billeting? Yes/No
Can you provide billets? Numbers______
Do you require Childcare Yes/No
(Please provide details such as ages and requirements as we MAY be able to assist)
Please send to:
Conference Organising Group
Fax: (04) 237 8157