Friday, September 21, 2001

For Immediate Release September 11th Root Causes of Terrorism

Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
September 21, 2001

The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) joins its sisters from around the world in condemning this heinous acts of violence which took place on September 11th and which killed thousands of innocent people - not only from the United States, but also from Canada and many other parts of the world. The magnitude of this tragedy reaches far beyond the soil of North America as people are grieving the loss of their loved ones all over the world. We express our deep sympathy to all of them.

“In the midst of the grief and many other strong emotional reactions, including rage, we find it hard to take time to reflect and understand what has happened in New York and Washington D.C. Yet there is no other response that is as critical in dealing with this tragedy. An intense deliberation, not only by the United States and other NATO Members, but also by the whole world, is desperately needed” said Nayyar Javed president-elect of CRIAW.

“The Canadian government must show leadership in shifting the focus from revenge to exploring other initiatives that may help identify long-term solutions to terrorism. We must not lash out in anger. Instead, any initiatives we take must be intense, sustained and positive” continued Ms. Javed.

CRIAW is deeply concerned the “thirst for revenge”. The hatred for racialized Canadians, particularly Muslims and persons of Arab origin, is currently simmering and may explode. We urge the Canadian government and citizens to take immediate steps to prevent harassment and violence.

The Canadian government as well as Canadian citizens need to turn this difficult time into a moment to reflect on the root causes of terrorism. The tragedy that has hit all of us needs a response which gives due consideration to a number of difficult questions. For example, we must consider as the impact of foreign policy on society - inasmuch as it may inadvertently promote and entrench hatred and violence. We must consider the needs of the victims of the attack, and consider, as well as a humanitarian approach that will aid the people of the United States in these difficult times. But we must also not lose sight of the rest of the world, and should , as well as give aid in terms of education, health care, economic and democratic development for the peoples around the world.

Let us take the opportunity to turn this tragedy into a commitment to promote peace, equality, non violence, human rights and development around the world.

For information please contact the CRIAW office at 613 563-0681
Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women