2018 Connect Day

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

WILPF UK will be hosting a Connect Day on the Sunday 15th April, from 11am to 1:30 pm at our office – Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT, only a few minutes walk from Old Street Underground Station. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the work of WILPF, our current campaigns and work focus areas. The Connect Day will allow you to find answers to your questions and give you information on how to become involved and to contribute to our work, through lobbying, campaigning and other volunteering activities. The planned outcomes of this event are: To strengthen our sense of WILPF membership.  To enhance members’ knowledge and understanding of WILPF and its defining issues and actions. To motivate members to take active participation in WILPF work. Should you wish to attend, please contact us at ukwilpf.peace@gmail.com. Click here to download the programme for the...

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Workshop on campaigning for UK to ratify the TPNW

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

UK WILPF will be hosting a Lobby Training Day in relation to the U.N Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), Saturday 7th April, 10.30am -4.30pm at our office 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT. This event will consist of information sessions where you can learn more about the specifics of the treaty and its role in the UK context. We will also be hosting training workshops to build communication skills and lobbying methods, as well as a brief session on campaign strategies, so that individuals can feel confident in lobbying their MPs to facilitate the UK in becoming the first nuclear weapon country to sign. This will include a training session with Rebecca Johnson, co-Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. A provisional schedule will be made available to all attendees. We will be providing refreshments on the day and ask for a suggested donation of £5. Our offices are wheelchair accessible and women-only. Please contact ukwilpf.peace@gmail.com if you have any questions. Should you wish to attend, please register to receive your ticket here. You can also find out more on our Facebook page here. If you have any questions at all, please contact us at ukwilpf.peace@gmail.com and don’t forget to share this event with your networks! We hope to see you all there. In peace UK...

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UK WILPF marches against violence against women

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Saturday 10th March, UK WILPF were among thousands of women who marched through central London demanding an end to violence against women. The Million Women Rise march is now an annual fixture the Saturday after International Women’s Day, with this year being the march’s 10th anniversary.  As we marched, we sang and chanted “What do want?… Safe streets….” and “Whatever I wear, wherever I go, yes means yes and no means no”. The atmosphere was jovial, as women joined together to celebrate our power. Onlookers clapped and took photographs. With some passing parents even taking the time to point out the march to their children – which was particularly heart-warming. UK WILPF was proud to be there, and we carried our banners chatting with other women, swapping anecdotes of our activism. What was striking was the number of younger women on the march. It was great to see so many young women arm in arm with their older sisters, standing together against violence against women. It shows the next generation is growing up feminist. You can see coverage of the march here. Here is a selection of some of the best banners we saw on the march:   UK WILPF legends Sheila Triggs and Paula Shaw with one of our banners. At the end of the march we congregated at Trafalgar Square.   Isabel Bull  (Views expressed in The Blog do not reflect those of...

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UK WILPF gives evidence to UK Parliament

Posted by on Mar 9, 2018 in Featured, News | 0 comments

On 22nd February, UK WILPF gave written evidence to the UK Parliament’s International Relations Committee on Foreign Policy in Changed World Conditions. You can read our full submission here, and the other oral and written evidence presented as well here. In this, we urged the UK government to utilise the UN system and develop our ties with other countries through other supranational organisations such as the Commonwealth. Also, highlighting how the government should take greater notice of the activities of civil society groups. The government should be more susceptible to activities of civil society which utilises social media and other digital technologies as well as more conventional methods to mobilise and connect individuals, local, national and international networks, and global institutions setting and achieving its political goals. The UK should work internationally through the UN and other institutions to be more responsive to civil society’s voices, reaching agreements for the welfare of the people and planet such as climate change and banning nuclear weapons (by signing the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons). Existing and new structural inequalities that can influence on negotiation and decision-making processes should be addressed, as all parts of society should be represented in negotiations and decision making. We, furthermore, weighed up the debates on the benefits and potential costs of digital media. Underlining the recent proliferation of fake news and its negative effects on democracy. Key to our message was also negotiation and how we should be privileging global welfare over trying to gain strategic advantage. We thank the UK government for giving us this opportunity. As well as Maki Kimura and Pat Pleasance and the Orpington Branch for compiling this evidence...

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WILPF member shares history fighting against nuclear weapons

Posted by on Mar 7, 2018 in Featured, News | 0 comments

UK WILPF member Rae Street has been interviewed by the Manchester Evening News about her experiences fighting against nuclear weapons. Rae was part of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp and protested outside NATO headquarters. In the interview, she says that it was a visit to Hiroshima which sparked her activism. The article has gained great traction on social media, raising awareness of our cause. You can read the article in full...

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