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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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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