UK WILPF stands in solidarity with women in North and South Korea

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

UK WILPF sends greetings and support for conciliation to all Women in both North and South Korea. Fear of the Other is really dangerous, especially when it is backed up by costly and very dangerous weapons. Money spent on armaments could so easily be re-used to improve the lives of women and families. We acknowledge that we have all been given a particular story about the beliefs and values of the West, which has been dominated by the discourse of capitalism and consumer culture. This has resulted in unequal distribution of the world’s resources and the dominance of profit. We seek a new sense of mutuality, based on the needs of our small planet and of our children’s right to grow up free from fear. We propose that we need time to talk to each other about what we do have in common, like children and love of our friends and good food, the value of nature and clean water and seas. We seek connections through art and music as it may avoid misunderstandings. We hope that women from both North and South Korea will work to connect with each other, as well as those women from other countries in the area which could be affected by nuclear conflict. We stand in solidarity with all women in the region. Established nation-bridging tools such as United Nations channels of communication, and new methods of peace building such as social media, can be used to create means of dialogue and bring us together.     Our own International President, Kozue Akibayashi, helped organise WomenCrossDMZ in 2015, highlighting the important role of women peace activists. A group of 30 women peacemakers walked across the demilitarised zone from North to South Korea, drawing global media attention to this ongoing situation in the Korean peninsula, and helping to revive and renew peace and solidarity movements in the region. Women, such as our WomenCrossDMZ sisters, have thus shown time and time again the power we hold by coming together in peace, women must therefore be part of the process to resolve this issue. We finally also propose for The Six-Party Talks to resume, which between 2003 and 2009 brought different nations to the negotiating table to peacefully find a way to resolve the security issues raised by North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme....

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Let us stop the war in Syria – WILPF Italy

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Blog, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security | 0 comments

Let us refuse to be again victims of numerous manipulations which feed us with enemies.  Once again a “cynical use of chemical weapons” is trying to get us into a war without exit. Let us also reject the instrumentalisation of children by media. Children are always the first innocent victims of all the wars and all the kind of weapons, including depleted uranium which has been used without talking sufficiently about. Is the scandal of the use of chemical weapons in the 2nd Iraq war not enough? Are we not aware of the use of the same cliché in this context? Let us reappropriate of our critical thinking. Who benefits of this situation?  Assad or the merchants of death? Syria is a country where big and dangerous interests clash which are spreading just desperation, destruction and death among the people of this tortured land. We are shocked and scandalised to hear the voices of a great majority of European parliamentarians, through the mouth of  Mrs Mogherini,  high representative of the EU foreign and security politics. This was justifying totally the position of Donald Trump “you can only respond to an act of war with an act of war”, of course this did not mean escalation. What a shame-this kind of submission to Nato und the USA! Is this the beginning of ”Another Europe” of peace, the refusal of war and weapons requested by the men and women in the streets of Europe at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the treaty of Rome? A Europe that stands against violence and for freedom and secularism? as asked by the women from the European sections of WILPF during their meeting in Rome under the slogan:” United to change Europe, for a peaceful Europe in a peaceful world”? Let’s get indignant against the use of our territory as strategic basis for the war. Let’s claim the implementation of art 11 of our constitution which forbids war and let’s request respect for international law. Let’s re-appropriate the original notion of the United Nations to assure and promote peace and let us refuse the role of NATO which has become a pure nuclear alliance under the command of the US and where Europe has delegated secretly its own security politics. Let’s engage for a just and sustainable peace in Syria and the Middle East. Statement issued by WILPF...

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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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