International Women’s Day
Today we honour all Women Campaigners for Worldwide Peace on the Roads
Road deaths and injuries shatter lives
Road danger inflicts intolerable pain and suffering
Road danger inflicts unacceptable restrictions on everyday activities
Today, on International Women’s Day, we remember the millions of women killed, injured and bereaved as the result of road crashes – mothers, wives, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, aunts, cousins, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
We mourn for them, whose lives have been cruelly cut short by acts that could and should have been prevented.
We empathise with the women who became widows, single mothers, orphans, singletons and childless, with all who have suffered loss, pain and injustice.
Today we also pay tribute to all women around the world who became campaigners against this cruel and senseless loss of life and health and its casual acceptance. Many women, often victims themselves, have worked tirelessly for the past decades, setting up organizations, NGOs, whose aim is to achieve
* acknowledgement of the true scale as well as cost of this disaster, in order to end it * justice for road traffic victims, who are the most neglected victims of all, and * roads that are safe to use by all road users, especially the vulnerable – children, elderly and disabled.
The World Health Organization has described road death and injury as a major public health crisis and is calling for greater efforts to help turn the tide of the huge numbers of road deaths and injuries throughout the world.
Campaigning for Worldwide Peace on the Roads –
The World Day of Remembrance Foundation proposes this hashtag -#womenforpeaceontheroadcampaigners – as a platform for quotes on Why I campaign from women who are champions of road victims and road danger reduction – the mothers, wives, sisters, partners from all the countries in the world who we are honouring today. These statements would provide valuable insights, therefore follow us on Social Media and please share your reasons for campaigning there.
Here is one example from the UK:
“I campaign because everyone should have the right to the healthcare treatment they require. My husband and I were both seriously injured by a woman driving under the influence of drugs. My husband survived for 11 days, being driven in a deteriorating condition between a specialist unit and a local hospital without facilities for head injury. I am left permanently disabled. I campaign because my injuries were not even taken into account since there is no charge of ‘Causing injury by dangerous driving’. I campaign because of the overwhelming financial burden on our police, ambulance, fire, healthcare and legal systems. Mostly I campaign to try and make sure other people do not have to go through the hardship and heartbreak I have had to.”