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 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 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 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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Write to your MP about women detained in Yarl’s Wood

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Featured, News | 0 comments

More than 100 women are currently on hunger strike in Yarl’s Wood, protesting against their unfair treatment. In light of our 2017 Autumn Seminar, Voices of Refugee Women, UK WILPF stands by these women and urge you to do so to! One of our members has drafted a sample letter to send to your MP, you can download it here – Sample Letter to send to your MP about women detained in Yarl’s Wood Together, we can highlight this issue and urge those with the power to do so to incite change. Women seeking asylum in our country must be treated better! The letter in full is as follows: Dear _____________________ MP   Two months ago, I attended a seminar in London organised by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom, to give voice to women refugees. Their testimony convinced me that the British the asylum process under the current Conservative Government is built on an assumption of disbelief rather than a culture of compassion.   It is no surprise to me that now more than a hundred women are on hunger strike at Yarl’s Wood, the immigration detention centre in Bedfordshire, to protest the conditions in which they are imprisoned. Their detention ignores UN and international guidelines on how women refugees should be treated when they apply for asylum.   The human cost of indefinite detention is immeasurable; these women will suffer long-term damage to their physical and mental health, while their children experience the distress of separation. The financial cost is high; indefinite detention is robbing people of their lives and taxpayers of their money.   Every day that indefinite immigration detention exists further undermines Britain’s tradition of civil liberties. Indefinite detention is neither right nor necessary, and there are practical and humane alternatives to detention which allow people to contribute to society.   I urge you to ensure that the British Government and the Immigration officers stick to justice and compassion as the guiding principles in the treatment of asylum seekers, forced migrants and refugees.   I ask you to speak out in support of the women in Yarl’s Wood.  today support Parliamentary efforts to end indefinite detention in the next Immigration Bill.   Kind regards, _____________________...

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Tales from Women Seeking Asylum

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Blog, Featured, News | 0 comments

We are proud to share our new publication, Voices of Refugee Women – Tales from Women Seeking Asylum. Thanks to WILPF International’s Movement Building Grant, we were able to create this booklet as part of the legacy of our 2017 Autumn Seminar, Voices of Refugee Women. On Saturday 25th November 2017, we invited eleven women to talk about their experiences as women seeking refuge in the UK for our Autumn Seminar. We deemed it important to put refugee women and their testimonies centre-stage to hear from them for once. Our aim was to show solidarity with and support for such women in our country. UK WILPF welcomes refugees. This booklet starts with a narrative report from the day of our 2017 Seminar, and then details the stories of three refugee women living in the UK. These were contributed through interviews after our Seminar. This booklet hopes to continue raising awareness of what life is like to be a woman seeking refuge in the UK. We need to counter the ugly rhetoric which has been gaining traction across our country. And we all need to stand up for those who are vulnerable and in perilous situations.   We also believe that the UK Government has obligations to protect these women and their human rights through various national and international human rights instruments including the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). UK WILPF hopes to make continuous effort to address this issue with the Government helping them to make positive changes. We want to thank our wonderful, brave contributors to this booklet and all the strong women who came and spoke at our Seminar. Your stories are so important, and we hope that by using them to educate others, attitudes will change here.   You can download a PDF copy of the booklet here – Voices of Refugee Women booklet final draft PDF   (Views expressed in The Blog do not reflect those of...

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