Join us for our 2018 AGM

Posted by on Feb 13, 2018 in Events, Featured, News | 0 comments

Join us for our 2018 AGM Wonderful Women and WILPF Work Sat 14th April 2018, 11am – 16pm Tindlemanor, 52-54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT Morning Agenda 11.00 – 13.00 Annual General Meeting 10.30 Registration – Refreshments available 11.00 Welcome and Arrangements for the Day. 11.05 Minutes of the 2017 AGM 11.15 Annual Report and Questions 11.30 Financial Statement and Questions 11.45 Resolutions 12.40 Thanks and Introduction to the 2018 -2019 Executive. 12.50 Any other Business Lunch 13 – 14.00 Suggested donation £5 Afternoon Agenda 14.00 to 16.00 • WILPF Congress • WILPF Governance • WILPF Europe Meetings • Feedback from Voices of Refugee Women Seminar • Our 2018 Autumn Seminar • Global Ban Treaty • Maypole Trust Grant • Versailles 1919 and These Dangerous Women Refreshments available. Entertainment provided Looking forward to seeing you then, Note: Tindlemanor is a woman only...

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Has your MP signed ICAN’s Parliamentary Pledge?

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

Has your MP signed the Parliamentary pledge to ban Nuclear weapons? As of 8th February, according to ICAN UK, 54 MPs have now signed ICAN’s Parliamentary Pledge for The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This is a great start, but we need to encourage more to do so!! You can download the pledge here, and if your MP is not on the list you can also download our sample Pledge letter for MPs urging them to sign it too. See if you MP is one of those who has already signed up below: Hannah Bardell MP – SNP Mhairi Black MP -SNP Ian Blackford MP – SNP Kirsty Blackman MP _SNP Deidre Brock MP -SNP Alan Brown MP -SNP Ruth Cadbury MP – Labour Douglas Chapman MP -SNP Joanna Cherry MP -SNP Ronnie Cowan MP – SNP Angela Crawley MP – SNP Martyn Day MP -SNP David Drew MP -SNP Martin Docherty-Hughes MP – SNP Jonathan Edwards MP – Plaid Cymru Marion Fellows MP – SNP Paul Flynn MP – Labour  Stephen Gethins MP – SNP Patricia Gibson MP_ SNP Patrick Grady MP – SNP Peter Grant MP- SNP Neil Gray MP – SNP John Grogan MP – Labour  Helen Hayes MP – Labour  Drew Hendry MP – SNP Kelvin Hopkins MP – Labour  Stewart Hosie MP – SNP Ben Lake MP- Plaid Cymru Chris Law MP – SNP David Linden MP – SNP Caroline Lucas MP – Green Stewart Mcdonald MP – SNP Stuart McDonald MP – SNP John McNally MP – SNP Angus Brendan MacNeil MP – SNP Baroness Sue Miller – House of Lords Carol Monaghan MP – SNP Ian Murray MP -Labour  Gavin Newlands MP- SNP Brendan O’Hara MP- SNP Liz Saville Roberts MP – Plaid Cymru Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP – Labour Tommy Sheppard MP – SNP Alex Sobel MP – Labour   Christopher Stephens MP -SNP Jo Stevens MP – Labour  Alison Thewliss MP – SNP Thelma Walker MP – Labour   Catherine West MP – Labour  Philippa Whitford MP – SNP Hywel Williams MP – Plaid Cymru Peter Wishart MP- SNP Mohammad Yasin MP –...

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Yesterday marks the centenary of women’s suffrage

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

It has now been 100 years since women in the UK got the vote. Yesterday marked the centenary of the passing of the Representation of the People Act, thus allowing some women over 30 to vote. We at UK WILPF pay tribute to these wonderful, dangerous women who fought for our rights to practice as full citizens. We must not, however, be complacent. Feminism is still needed, and the gendered impact of war, human rights violations and the arms trade must not be underestimated. As the oldest active, feminist peace organisation in the world, we are proud to be highlighting these, and the detriments of war upon women. The nuclear issue is a profoundly gendered one too, and this is why we support the Global Ban Treaty. Watch this great video, created by The Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy, explaining why gender matters in this debate here.  ...

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ICAN issues Action Alert

Posted by on Feb 3, 2018 in Featured, News | 0 comments

ICAN, of which WILPF is a steering member, has issued an Action Alert for all members.  The U.S. Nuclear Posture Review has just been released, and it is “disastrous”. Instead of leading the world in banning nuclear weapons, it seems that the U.S. is moving to make nuclear war more likely in the future. ICAN has therefore suggested that members Tweet President Trump:  I reject the new #TrumpNuclearDoctrine that increases likelihood of nuclear war. @realDonaldTrump must support the #nuclearban instead. 122 countries have firmly stated their opposition to the nuclear dangers faced by humanity.  #NuclearPostureReview #EndofNukes According to the BBC, the U.S. military has proposed developing new smaller atomic bombs, so as to counter Russia. This is really worrying. But together we can let our governments know that we want a safer, nuclear free,...

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What is Women, Peace and Security?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

WILPF missions are to end and prevent war (through disarmament, environment and militarism, crisis response); ensure that women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process (women, peace and security); defend the human rights of women and men (human rights); and promote social, economic and political justice.   WILPF is engaged in the Women, Peace and Security agenda as the organisation believes that the exclusion of women, women’s rights and gender remains a key impediment to the attainment of sustainable peace and human security. Therefore, in 2000 WILPF founded the PeaceWomen programme to work on ensuring that women’s rights and participation are not disregarded in international peace and security efforts. This programme monitors the implementation of UNSCR 1325 at the international, national and local levels and advocates for the full implementation of all Women, Peace and Security-related UN resolutions. But what exactly is ‘Women, Peace and Security’? Armed conflicts have a devastating impact, but women and girls tend to suffer disproportionately from its effects as conflicts all have gendered dimensions. Indeed, pre-existing gender inequalities are reinforced during times of trouble and conflicts, hindering women’s rights and access to basic services. Moreover, women are underrepresented and marginalised in peace talks. Not only are they the most important victims, we do not acknowledge their power and their role as potential agents of change in peacemaking and peace building processes. The resolution 1325 adopted by the UN Security Council in 2000 focuses on these issues of women, peace and security. This resolution made history by ensuring the protection and participation of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations and decision-making processes. It emphasised the “vital role of women in conflict resolution and mandated a review of the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, the role of women in peace building and the gender dimension of peace processes and conflict-resolution, as well as the reconstruction and rehabilitation processes”. The history: In 1979, CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) was created and affirmed that strengthened peace and security at the international level will contribute to the achievement of full equality between men and women. Later, in the 1993 Declaration on the elimination of violence against women it was recognised that “violence against women is an obstacle to the achievement of equality, development and peace”. The Beijing Platform of Action was launched only two years later and referred to women in armed conflicts as “The equal access and full participation of women in power structures and their full involvement in all efforts for the prevention and resolution of conflicts are essential for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security”. On October 2000, the UNSC adopted...

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Sign up to receive more information about The Nuclear Ban Treaty

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Featured, News | 0 comments

Through WILPF‘s membership in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), over 2018 we will continue to engage in advocacy and mobilisation opportunities at local, national, and global levels alongside the development and sharing of helpful new resources. Sign up for Reaching Critical Will’s newsletters and WILPF’s email lists, to find out more about our efforts and what is going on. This Women Ban the Bomb email list, along with our Twitter and Instagram accounts, will be closed shortly and so hurry!! You can also visit for more information about the Treaty, and look for the hashtag #nuclearban on social...

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