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National Executive

Meet our 2020 – 2021 National Executive Committee

UK WILPF is run by an elected National Executive Committee. Each year we elect our new executives at our AGM, which usually takes place at the end of March or beginning of April. We hold 5 Executive meetings a year at our office in London 11am to 4pm, which any member can attend. This takes place on a Saturday. In November we hold our Autumn Seminar, therefore over the past few years we have found it useful that the Executive meet on the last Saturday of October to discuss late minute preparations. By the end of the first week of December we send a letter to all members with information about the date of our next AGM, any AGM Resolutions and a nomination form for the next year’s Executive. The Executive is also charged with compiling the Annual Report. The deadline for items to be submitted from members for the report is the first week of January. The report will be sent to members 3 weeks before the AGM. For more information about our National Executive download our UK WILPF Year 2018 -2019 document.

Maki Kimura

Secretary

Before becoming WILPF UK’s Secretary in 2021, Maki was the job share International Representative and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) campaign lead of WILPF UK. Maki, originally from Japan and now based in the UK, teaches and researches gender and race equality, and, is interested in how gender and race are integral to the history and politics of war and peace. 

She became involved in peace activism through the issue of Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery during the Second World War (‘comfort women’) and anti-US military base protests in Okinawa, Japan, as well as learning about women who were detained in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre, in the UK.  

Isabel Acheson

Membership Secretary

Isabel joined WILPF UK in 2020 because of her passion for campaigning. She has written for WILPF’s blog on the impacts of COVID-19 on women and girls in Jordan and was a minutes-taker at the 2020 AGM.

Isabel has worked for various organisations, focusing on the impact of conflict on women and girls. As Membership and Minutes Secretaries since 2021, her goal is to continue supporting the important work of WILPF UK by applying her organisational continue broadening WILPF’s membership base, making it more diverse and inclusive, as well as retaining the hardworking volunteers whose work is essential to achieving our campaign’s objectives.

Taniel Yusef, MA, MA, LLM

International Representative (job-share)

Taniel is a job share International Liaison Representative to WILPF International for WILPF UK leading on Feminist Economics, Trade and Disarmament Affairs. She is the Technology Developers Coordinator for the UK Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

She has recently been made an Associate for the International Restorative Justice Institute and she is an on-the-ground researcher.  

Marie-Claire Faray

Executive Committee Member

Marie-Claire is from the DRC and has been a member of WILPF since 2005. As a survivor of Gender-Based Sexual Violence (GBSV), she has tirelessly lobbied at the international level to raise the voices of Congolese women.

Her work as an activist and author has raised issues of the relationship between Small Arms and Violence Against Women in the Great Lakes Region of Africa, as well as the interlinks between GBSV, armed conflict, illicit trade of small arms, and the increase of exportation of minerals from conflicts zones.

Marie-Claire’s lobby to WILPF International led to the formation of the first section of WILPF in Africa, in the DRC in 2007-2011. From 2008 to 2015, she coordinated the Voices of African Women Campaign of UK WILPF, on the roadmap of actions for the African Women Decade of 2010-2020 and promoting the Maputo Protocol on the Rights Women’s in Africa.

Alexandra Murrell

Executive Committee Member

Alexandra currently works as a primary nurse practitioner and health studies lecturer. She has been active in environmental, animal and women’s rights since she was a teenager. She was active in the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) in the 1990s and the National Women’s Network and is a member of the Women’s Equality Party. She joined WILPF in 2005.

She joined WILPF’s Executive Committee in 2019 but has been active for several years, previously holding the position of London Branch Coordinator from 2009 to 2015. She has worked on many issues including the topic of Sex Trafficking in view of the Olympic Games in 2012 and the House of Commons about Human Rights abuses in Eritrea.

Within WILPF she successfully advocated in favour of becoming a non-hierarchical organisation and has joined the WILPF Trust’s Board of Trustees working on improving communication between the two entities.

Mariam Suliman

Executive Committee Member

Mariam has joined the Executive Committee of WILPF UK in 2020 after being a member since 2008 and part of the coordination team of the Voices of African Women Campaign.

Mariam is the Founder and Representative of the Voice of Darfur Women charity. She has taken on several executive management roles in both Sudan and the UK as a Human Rights activist advocating for democracy and peace for the Wadi Hawar People Association. Her work for the advancement of women’s rights brought her to work with many organisations including the Sudan Women Association UK (2007-2008) and the Darfur Victims Organisation for Relief and Rehabilitation bringing former ICC Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo to meet with Darfur victims and survivors in the UK.

She was a member of the UN Women panel of experts to assess the Darfur Comprehensive Peace Agreement through a gender perspective between 2010 and 2011 in Doha, Qatar.

Paula Shaw

Executive Committee Member

Paula joined WILPF in 2010 inspired by her Great Aunt Mercha who was a member of WILPF between the 1950s and the 1960s in the Liverpool Branch and was a delegate to the Peace Conference in 1963 in Moscow. In 2013, inspired by another long-time member, Sheila Triggs, she agreed to become more active and lend a hand in the management of WILPF UK. She has been WILPF UK’s Secretary from 2018 to 2021.

She held several offices in WILPF including Treasurer (2016-2019), London Branch Chair (2016-2018), WILPF Representative at the Peace Forum, No Trident Renewal (NTR) Group and International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), and has been WILPF UK’s Secretary since 2018 following the sad loss of Anne Scott.

She enjoys most campaigning for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, marching in several demonstrations, and working with enthusiastic young members.

Keyet Makonnen

Executive Committee Member

Keyet Makonnen is a development specialist with extensive experience in women, refugees, Africa and the Middle East. She has organised and contributed to specialist seminars with a focus on the issues faced by African countries and the Middle East.

She played a key role in promoting the Fourth World Alternative Political ethos of self-sustaining development and empowerment of people’s rights as custodian of power and functional Democracy. She co-founded and coordinates the Voices of African Women (VOAW) campaign of WILPF promoting the work of women at the grassroots level in Africa and the diaspora.

She is a networker, organiser and coordinator of several projects, including the Abune Petros Orphanage, Women Go Green for Peace, VOAW 10th Anniversary celebrations, African Women Front and Center, Peace Conference for Ethiopian opposition groups and CEDAW training with SOAS. She is currently involved in launching a governance initiative to promote sustainable development in Africa.

Marie-Lyse Numuhoza

Branch Representative, Norwich

Marie-Lyse is a refugee from Rwanda who, having experienced the horrors of the 1994 Genocide, has dedicated her life to promoting human rights, social justice and social development.

For the past 10 years, she advocated with the Voices of African Women campaign of WILPF UK, training on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on WPS and has taken an interest in Feminist Foreign Policy and Human Security through a Feminist Peace lens over military involvement.

For 20 years, she led the management of several projects promoting social development through social entrepreneurship and community-led initiatives, including the Independent Asylum Commission and STAR organisation on issues of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. Her current work sees her leading on issues such as refugees resettlement, modern slavery, domestic abuse and child poverty and she has been recently nominated interim Chair for the Norfolk Equality and Human Rights Council.

Anne Eggleton

Treasurer

Anne was inspired to become a member of the Brighton WILPF branch after meeting Jenny, the enthusiastic branch Secretary. This is an active branch and demonstrates the value of having local connections and networks feeding into a national and international organisation like WILPF.

She joined WILPF in 2018 and became Treasurer in June 2019, joining the Executive Committee at the same time. She would urge any member interested in becoming Treasurer at some point to join the Finance Committee of the Executive, an ideal place to learn more about the management of UK WILPF.

As a long-term member of the Fawcett Society and an early member of the Women’s Equality Party, Anne is particularly interested in the importance of applying a Feminist perspective to War and the Environment and the link between the two.

Ellie Routledge

Communications Lead

Ellie is currently a student at the University of Leeds and joined WILPF UK in 2020. She joined the organisation because of the focus on tackling world problems, using a distinctly feminist lens.

Ellie joined WILPF UK as part of the Communications Team to help streamline internal communications and facilitate more membership participation in WILPF UK campaigning. She has experience writing about contemporary feminist subjects and plans to apply for an MA in Global Development and Gender studies to further her understanding of world issues.

Cecilia Passaniti Mezzano

International Representative (job-share)

Cecilia is currently the Membership Secretary at WILPF UK and has worked in the organisation to promote the participation of members in campaigning and research activities to increase the breadth of views and perspectives within and outside the WILPF network. Her campaigning in WILPF focuses primarily on Women, Peace and Security and the inclusion of the Agenda in defence and security, and peacekeeping matters.

She joined WILPF during the celebrations for the 100th Anniversary of the League which took place in The Hague, The Netherlands in 2015 whilst she was at university pursuing a degree in International Law.

Lemona Chanda

Executive Committee Member

Lemona is the Founder of OurCause, a not-for-profit organisation working on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve Agenda 2030. Her work involves working with marginalised communities in developing countries including Bangladesh, India, and Pan-Africa. For her work, she has been recognised as the Ethnic Minority Future Leader in the UK.

Lemona is the United Nations (UN) Champion for Change working towards achieving gender equality. She is an Advisor to the Commonwealth Business Women’s Network, a Women’s Officer for UNA and has led over 1000 activists and NGOs globally on Sustainable Development Goals to collectively address issues such as gender discrimination.

She joined WILPF UK as an Executive Committee Member in 2020.

Janet Fenton

Executive Committee Member

Janet is a Scottish internationalist feminist who has worked in issue-based theatre & community arts. She is a former Co-ordinator of the Peace and Justice Centre and developed strategies to promote Human Rights and Peace in Scotland at the grassroots and parliamentary level.

She joined WILPF during that time and, with Helen Kay, founded the modern Scottish Branch. Janet currently holds positions as Vice-Chair of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND), Secretary of the Scottish Parliament Disarmament CGP, Director of SDG 16 work at UN House Scotland and as the Organiser for SecureScotland.scot. She works for the Acronym Institute on UN-based initiatives and serves on ICAN’s International Steering Group.

She has attended major UN negotiations on nuclear disarmament since 2009 and is also committed to non-violent direct-action campaigning (TP & XR Peace).

Pat Pleasance

Executive Committee Member

Pat has been a member of WILPF UK for over 20 years and for most of that time she has been on the Executive Committee. Whilst she has held different offices and taken part in many WILPF activities, both nationally, internationally and locally in Orpington, she has particularly been involved in carrying out many of the tasks which are necessary to keep WILPF functioning, including leading on Financial matters.

She is currently a member of the Finance Group of WILPF which assists the Treasurer. She contributes experience and knowledge of WILPF to add to the enthusiasm of the dynamic younger generation currently on the Executive.

Khedijah Mohammed – Nur

Executive Committee Member

Khedijah is from Eritrea and has been a women’s rights activist since age 16. She joined WILPF in 2010, following the launch of the Voices of African Women campaign, and served as a coordinator. In 2015, Khedijah attended WILPF Centenary Conference in The Hague and presented on the status of Eritrean Women under the repressive regime in Eritrea focussing on Military conscription and its impact on women.

Khedijah was inspired by the work and many women of WILPF and co-founded the Network of Eritrean Women UK advocating for women and girls’ rights. Khedijah’s special interests are in campaigns to end violence against women and girls, promoting UN Resolution 1325 and non-violence means to end conflicts and she is a qualified Adult Nurse.

If elected, Khedijah will bring a wealth of experience to help UK WILPF’s work on women’s role in promoting peace.

Jenny Engledow

Branch Representative, Brighton, Hove, and District

JJenny is the Branch Representative for Brighton, Hove and District and the Representative on the XR Peace Council. She first heard of WILPF at Greenham Common Peace Camp and became a member right after. Having been active in the Peace movement since she was 16 years old she continued being involved in peace and human rights groups, enabling her to take the national work to the local level and vice-versa.

Jenny is a banner maker, which she sees to make a message visible at vigils and stalls. She has been organising the Hiroshima and Remembrance Day events and has created exhibitions about WILPF’s history to make WILPF’s work more widely known. She is involved in Brighton Against the Arms Trade group which regularly demonstrates near a weapon parts factory.

Alongside other members, she takes part in local Climate Change rebellions and the Black Lives Matter Movement, promoting WILPF’s position whenever possible.

Sheila Triggs

Branch Representative, Orpington

Sheila has been active in WILPF for over twenty years and a member of the UK WILPF Executive Committee for much of that time, including serving as President and Membership Secretary.

On behalf of UK WILPF, she made successful funding applications, organised seminars and stalls, and represented WILPF on networks such as No Trident Renewal and the Trade Justice Movement. Over the years she has been an active supporter of WILPF’s Voices of African Women Campaign.

Currently, she is on the WILPF Finance Group which supports the Treasurer, and Branch Representative for Orpington.

She is a member of Women in Black, CND, and Global Justice Now.

Eileen Cook

Branch Representative, Scotland

Eileen is a socialist feminist, environmental activist and one of the two Scottish Branch representatives and the Treasurer of the branch.

Her peace activism in Scotland includes her activities with Women in Black Edinburgh, Edinburgh Stop the War and CND for which she has been a member for over 50 years. She is also highly involved in women’s issues campaigns as the Union Equalities officer and a member of Edinburgh Abortion Rights and a One-time Rape Crisis Councillor.

She is a retired Lecturer in Economics and Sustainability and has conducted extensive research in Higher Education Access, including access for women.