Gender matters in international peacekeeping

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Featured | 0 comments

We are living through an unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty. Social and political violence is surging, and there are more displaced people than ever before. In 2015, more than 65 million people worldwide had to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution. Increasingly it is civil society pressing for peaceful change. The decades of ongoing violence have shown that the current approaches don’t work. Male-dominated political systems are unable to provide the gender-balanced expertise and approaches needed for peacemaking. So what does work? What are tangible actions those of us living outside conflict zones – often in countries that contribute directly to violence, through arms sales and international policy – can take to help those living within areas of war? Join WILPF and contribute to the conversation. We’d love to hear from...

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Women Against Weapons exhibition: 100 years of campaigning for peace

Posted by on Sep 11, 2016 in Events, News | 0 comments

WILPF UK, Scottish Branch and Wool Against Weapons, Scotland jointly present the 100 years of campaigning for peace exhibition at the prestigious Scottish Story Telling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh. The exhibition runs from Friday 9 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, and there will be two events held during that time (see image...

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WILPF comes back to London

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Events | 0 comments

On United Nations Peace Day, Wednesday 21 September 2016, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is launching a new branch in London. Come and find out what has sustained women to work cooperatively and internationally for peace for one hundred years. Share our enthusiasm for our achievements over the years, and join us to see what progress we can make together to make the world a better place. Find out about  “These Dangerous Women” – a short film will introduce the pioneer WILPF women of 1915 who tried to stop World War I Meet our International WILPF Secretary General, Madeleine Rees Hear about our international work for peace from Isabel Bull, a student who volunteered in WILPF’s Geneva office Be inspired by Orla Sheridan, our international delegate just back from the 13th AWID International Forum: Feminist Futures: Building Collective Power for Rights and Justice  Network, discuss and plan how WILPF can join with others to take action in London, and future meetings of this group Wednesday 21 September 2016 – 5.30 pm for 6.00pm start – 52 – 54 Featherstone St EC1Y 8RT (near Old St tube...

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WILPF calls for feminist, progressive UN Secretary General

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Gender, Peace and Security, News | 0 comments

The leader of the United Nations must be the embodiment of “We the People”. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) campaigned for the formation, the strengthening and reform of the United Nations because of our belief in non- violence, disarmament, equality, dialogue and the principles of the UN Charter. WILPF advocates for the next Secretary-General (to take office in January 2017) to be a progressive feminist leader who delivers a feminist agenda for peace, global diplomacy and conflict prevention. After eight male Secretaries-General, it is time for a woman to hold the position of Secretary-General. Advocating for a Secretary-General to lead a feminist agenda is not the same as advocating for a woman as Secretary-General. We do demand both. It is time. Read the rest of the...

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