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Finnish women protest with their wombs


You've heard of hunger strikes, but what about baby strikes? Hundreds of Finnish women have signed a petition declaring they will not bear children for the next four years unless the country's parliament scraps plans to build a fifth nuclear reactor in their homeland. In 1986, following the Chernobyl disaster, some 4,000 Finns signed a similar petition to block construction of a nuclear power plant. The government caved in, agreeing not to build that reactor, but now claims a new one is necessary to meet growing energy demands wthout increasing greenhouse emissions. Elina Venesmaki, an organizer of the current petition said "This form of protest is logical because this issue doesn't concern just our generation."


This tactic is very creative, and could be applied to solve a wide variety of problems. It highlights the importance of female sensitivity to the value of life and to the health of our planet.
Location: Finland
Action: Boycott/Strike, Demonstration/Protest
Setting: Developed World
Extent of Action: National
Issues: Environment, Human Rights, Indigenous, Peace/Conflict Resolution, Corporate/Economic Abuses, Resources
Year(s): 2002
Outcome successful
Source: Planet Ark, Reuters, 05 - www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cfm/newsid/15325/story.htm


Elina Venesmaki
Website: www.valvomo.org/lakko
Prepared By: jh, 3/04
Rating: 1
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