UK NGOs: Government is on wrong side of history boycotting ban negotiations

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Blog, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, News | 0 comments

WILPF UK has joined many other NGOs to protest the government’s current position on the UN treaty negotiations currently taking place in New York regarding the banning of nuclear weapons. Nuclear weapons have catastrophic consequences both for humanity and the environment, and WILPF believes that women in particular are impacted and disadvantaged by nuclear arms races, to say nothing of nuclear conflict. The UK government must take a stronger position – ANY position – in these negotiations. Sitting them out is not an option! Click through to read the the statement written by ICAN and signed and endorsed by WILPF UK and WILPF Scotland: ICAN...

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WILPF Cornwall upcoming events

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Branch news, Events, Featured, Gender, Peace and Security | 0 comments

WILPF Cornwall branch has two events coming up and they want to see YOU there.   The Trials of Spring film screening – with Amnesty International A powerful film by Gini Reticker, set in Egypt during the uprisings. The film shows the courage and persistent determination of women in their quest for Women’s Rights amidst a background of molestation, abuse and torture. Following the film there will be a question and answer session with the participation of three women peace/human rights activists from the region. The Centre, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn March 18th 2017 – 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Free Event – Donations welcome ~ refreshments ~ Contact Amnesty ~ 07974 000747 Contact WILPF ~ 07502 465460   Penzance Peace Singers Songs of peace and reconcilation, solidarity, resistance and resilience. Raising our voices in harmony for peace, justice and the environment Nurturing respect for equality and diversity at the heart of our local community and further afield. All voices most welcome! We meet the fourth Saturday of each month in the rooms of Hypatia Trust Penzance. In four consecutive weeks we are inviting to the screening of four of the five films ‘Women War and Peace’, raising awareness of how women experience war, inviting a discussion afterwards. Interested? Show up and see if it resonates with you! Contact Bridget with your questions:  ...

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Peace and Freedom News

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog, Featured, News, Recent Work - about us | 0 comments

WILPF has had a busy couple of months and it doesn’t look like we’ll be quieting down any time soon. Here’s some information about the great things we have been up to.   Alice Wheedon Vigil Feminists from around the country, including the great-granddaughters of Alice Wheedon, gathered on Friday 10 February at the Royal Courts of Justice to hold a vigil for Alice Wheedon. This event marked the centenary of Alice Wheeldon’s wrongful conviction on the charge of conspiring to poison the Prime Minister Lloyd George. One hundred years later, widespread police spying continues and the infiltration of campaigning groups is being exposed. This event had a great turnout and was covered in the media, including ITV news and the BBC.   Million Women Rise – 10th anniversary Million Women Rise is the biggest international women and girls march against male violence in all its forms. WILPF was honoured to take place in the 10th anniversary march, marching from Oxford St to Trafalar Square, joining a crowd of thousands to reject male violence. If you participated in the march and took any photos, please get in touch! We’d love to share them on our website.   Lush Summit On the 8th and 9th of February, WILPF was invited to be part of the LUSH Summit event aimed at bringing together activists of all stripes. Held at Tobacco Dock, the event was a great success attracting a diverse crowd of interested people looking to learn more about the work WILPF has been involved in over the last 100 years.  Surrounded by likeminded organisations, this was a fantastic opportunity for WILPF to be able to reach out to a diverse crowd and be able to gather more support for our activism, especially in the realm of nuclear disarmament. People were particularly interested in the gendered approach to international peacemaking and stopped to ask more about how gender inequality is perpetuated by conflict and vice versa. Rebecca Johnson and Helen Kidan both utilised this opportunity to speak about issues currently relevant to our organization. Helen Kidan, from the Network of Eritrean Women (NEW) addressed the situation in Eritrea and Rebecca focused on the up-coming UN negotiations for a Global Ban on nuclear weapons. The continuous support from LUSH has been instrumental in allowing WILPF to further increase its membership base in a dynamic and fun atmosphere, and we hope to be able to be involved in similar events in the future. Miriam Karmali  – London...

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Keeping women’s contributions alive: reflections from the Newcastle Peace Conference

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

By Helen Kay, Scotland branch Two Centuries of Peacemaking: From the Peace Society to Martin Luther King: Report from Conference in Newcastle 7-8 June 2016 Women might have disappeared from the debates and discussions completely at this conference, if women had not been there to present papers on different aspects of WILPF history. “Were British and German peacewomen able to continue their relationship during World War One” was the subject discussed by Helen Kay of WILPF UK and Laurie Cohen of WILPF Austria. Using material published from 1915-1918 in the WILPF journal Internationaal and from the suffrage journal Jus Suffragii, Helen and Laurie showed that communication was not possible, not because the women were not interested but because of the repressive legislation in Germany, in Britain and throughout Europe. The women could not meet because passports were refused both in belligerent and neutral countries. Initially mail was delayed and delivered late but later printed material could not be sent overseas. Ingrid Sharp of Leeds University gave a good paper showing how WILPF women restored their international community post WWI. Equally impressive was a paper by Laura Beers. She presented an analysis of WILPF UK between the wars and explored the difference of opinions about how WILPF should react to communism and fascism. Of note is that there were fewer people at the session when the women spoke – typically the women attend men’s sessions about WWI but the same men do not want to know about the women’s history during the same period. Moreover, when talking about male peace organisations, the male historians linked the individual male activists to parliamentarians and how the individual peace activists influenced the parliamentarians. Women tended to explore the organisational activities rather than focus on individual personalitles! The final plenary was most interesting. American professor David Cortright, who started up the anti-war organisation ‘Serving soldiers against the Vietnam war’ has written a book called ‘Peace’.   He reckoned that there were so many US soldiers and sailors likely to mutiny over Vietnam, the Generals could not depend on them – and that is why latterly the main US offensive in Vietnam was bombing by the airforce. He talked a lot about the need for peace activists to be more aware and strategic in their campaigning. He said that he thinks that the higher level officers in the military are well-educated and are questioning the role of the military; thus he sees openings for peace activists to be involved in offering them mid-career courses for military involvement in promoting peace-building. ‘We need to start the conversation about what else we can do together, as bombing is obviously not...

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Poem read in tribute to Jo Cox: Brave Woman

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Brave Woman She is the bravest my eyes have ever seen A lion bows, in shiver and fear I am on my knees for I can not believe A woman so beautiful, among us she breathes… I offer this world and everything within to her feet… I say proudly that I will protect her with fists… She smiles, then gently she says to me… I am a woman, strong and I do not need Protection, for I may seem fragile But I am stronger than steel… I do not know what words to speak… For I desire her love, and love her miserably… But I have only my heart to offer And she deserves better than me… It does not matter that I love her endlessly… She lives in a world that the devil dreams to flee… And yet she stands strong with a smile shining through her lips… With a laugh musical, poetry to my ears… She is a brave woman…gentle and free Copyright © Zeki Majed This poem was read by MEP Julie Ward for Jo Cox...

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Understanding violence against women – our latest Train the Trainer day

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Well done everyone! Training the trainers! UK WILPF and its affiliated group Voices of African Women (VoAW) recently held a successful Train the Trainer day that focused on understanding violence against women and ways in which to use relevant national and international legal frameworks. Travelling from around the UK, women from a number of different diaspora groups attended. UK WILPF thanks everyone who attended and looks forward to future successful actions! Well done!...

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