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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.

Paula Shaw

Secretary

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 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.

Cecilia Passaniti Mezzano

Membership Secretary

Cecilia is 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. Since then, she has been linking WILPF’s vision of positive peace and women’s participation in her day-to-day job as a researcher.

Taniel Yusef, MA, MA, LLM

International Liaison Representative

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 originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has been a member of WILPF International since 2005 and of UK WILPF since 2006. Being a survivor of Gender-Bases Sexual Violence (GBSV), she has tirelessly lobbied at the international level to raise the voices of Congolese women. 

Her work at the national and international level as an activist and published 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.  She published contributions for GAPS and the UN Mission to the DRC on Women and Disarmament.

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, which initiated the following successful establishment of sections in Africa. 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.

Marie-Claire is an active member of Common Cause UK/DRC. She is a board member of Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy and Million Women Rise and collaborates with Rape Crisis England and Wales. She trained and worked as a Research Scientist on Infectious Diseases and Molecular Microbiology as well as in Medical Information.

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 a number of years, previously holding the position of London Branch Coordinator from 2009 to 2015. She has worked on many issues including arranging meetings with MPs and London Assembly members around the topic of Sex Trafficking in view of the Olympic Games in 2012 and in 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.

Dr. 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 Voice 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. She put her experience to use by developing and conducting a variety of training around mental health, refugees and more. 

Currently, Mariam works as chronic disease management-lead in a GP surgery in North London.

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. Over the years, she developed a keen interest in women’s rights advocacy, citizen participation and sustainable 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 a particular 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 really 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. Now retired, she spent most of her working life in various frontline and policy roles with the Environment Agency of England and Wales.

Dr. Maki Kimuri

International Liaison Representative

Maki is a job share International Liaison 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 in the area of gender and race equality, and in particular, 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.  

Lemona Chanda

Executive Committee Member

Lemona is the Founder of OurCause, a not-for-profit organisation working to 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 grass-roots 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). Recent publications include Peace through Inclusion, a briefing on UN1325 for the Scottish Parliament and the UK Chapter of Assuring Destruction Forever, for Reaching Critical Will.

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.

Jenny Engledow

Branch Representative, Brighton, Hove, and District

Jenny 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 when she first went on a CND demonstration, she continued being involved in peace and human rights groups, including WILPF UK for which she served as Treasurer and Executive Committee member, enabling her to take the national work to the local level and vice-versa.

JennJy is a banner maker, which she sees as a way 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. She is a regular attendee at the Network of International Women, a group made of women from several countries, mostly arrived in the UK as refugees.

Sheila Triggs

Branch Representative, Orpington

Sheila has been active in WILPF for over 20 years and a member of the WILPF UK Executive Committee for much of that time, serving as President and Membership Secretary. As President, in 2005, she organised a successful WILPF International Executive (now Board) meeting over several days in London.

On behalf of UK WILPF, she made successful funding applications, organised seminars and stalls, and has spoken at meetings and demonstrations locally, nationally and internationally.  She was WILPF’s Representative on various networks, including No Trident Renewal and the Trade Justice Movement.

Over the years she has been an active supporter and member of WILPF’s Voices of African Women Campaign.  Currently, she is on the WILPF Finance Group which supports the Treasurer and Chair of the Orpington Branch.  She is a member of Women in Black, CND and Global Justice Now.

Although semi-retired from activism, she offers UK WILPF her experience and analysis.

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 campaign 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.