Trade Justice Movement comments on Brexit; WILPF is a member of the Movement

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights | 0 comments

The full statement, online from the Trade Justice Movement here, concludes by stating, “The fight for trade justice is now more important than ever. The Trade Justice Movement will be working with members and allies to develop a clear, progressive vision for UK trade and investment policy. Organisations and activists alike know that the foundations for this lie in the genuine participation of the people who will be affected by these deals and of their political representatives. It also means addressing the huge power imbalances that exist between communities and corporations and between negotiating partners. Finally, it means putting trade at the service of poverty reduction, the protection of human rights and of the...

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Joint statement by WILPF and the Network of Eritrean Women

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Crisis Response, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights, Voices of African Women | 0 comments

In March 2016, the UK’s Network of Eritrean Women released a statement in partnership with WILPF International, at the Human Rights Council meeting, asking the international community to take concrete actions to improve the human rights of women in Eritrea. The full statement is available online here and available for download via PDF...

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Young UK WILPF member raising funds for Voices Beyond Divisions musical project

Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Human Rights | 0 comments

Asha Parkinson, and other students from the Purcell School of Music, are raising funds on Crowd Funder for their project Voices Beyond Divisions bringing children together from a mix of faith and non-faith backgrounds to sing for peace in the Middle East. As Asha says on the project’s Crowd Funder page, “The idea is to counter extremist radicalisation of young people. There’ll be fun games and workshops, input from charities like Syria Relief, a performance of a work specially written for the choir (by Asha) at St. James Piccadilly and an important campaigning video and documentary coming out of this!” The work mixes Western orchestral and Middle Eastern instruments and will feature top musicians from the School of Oriental and African Studies, along with renowned nasheed artist Abdullah Rolle. To make a donation and to share information about the project:...

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WILPF in the UK

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Disarmament, Environment and militarism, Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights | 0 comments

MR: I am very glad that WILPF has a strong section in Scotland. And we need to be stronger. We need to get more people out there. We need more people in the UK. I really wanted to have seen a strong response to this Cameron Government and his belligerence. We need to be out there showing that 187bn dollars toward a war effort, for the future, is just not something that is conscionable because it will make conflict inevitable. So the militarisation that is going on under Cameron is appalling, instead of doing the work that would keep people safe. You know, the police, the front line, intelligence but intelligent intelligence, about decency, about increasing levels of education, ending Islamophobia, making a more equal society – you don’t hear that from him. Not now, and that is scary; so we need to step that up. We need to be getting our politicians to ask Parliamentary questions all the time. If Jeremy Corbyn is true to his word in saying that he will ask the questions constituents put to him. Let’s get these questions in. HK: Any hints on how we can engage with younger women? MR: It’s interesting. That is a discussion we have been having forever! We have to be cool and sexy. If, from what I have seen and heard, there is a degree of alienation – that is why Jeremy Corbyn has been good in mobilising, he speaks to what young people are concerned about; and if young people want a future then they have got to be concerned about what we are concerned about. So it is getting that message out. And I think that the universities are great recruitment grounds, especially this one, seems to be fantastic. Part of the problem of being such an old organisation, we still have practices, constitutions and things – are they really what we need now? There is an endless debate around just now about whether somewhere like India which is vast, whether you have to be a member of the section or you can be an international member. And how we are going to manage all that. Because that tends to be the thing – people don’t want to go to local meetings anymore, they go to global gatherings. So we need to make it broad enough church to have the movement as well as the sections and it is a question of, ideally we get all people joining the sections and being the real powerhouse which then can be part of the movement. But we are not there yet. HK: It may be part of globalisation process, people want to be part of the international?...

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Personal perspective

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights | 0 comments

HK: How do you cope with this work at international level and the pressures of that work? MR: You have to think that actually the work that I do, and we do, is a privilege to be able to do it. That if we don’t do it, who is going to do it? You know we are in a position, had the education, had the background, got the OBE- gives me more access whatever, to be able to do the advocacy on behalf of people who do not have that opportunity. If we do not do it, then we are wrong. It is an obligation but it is also a privilege.   You have to keep that in your head and do a lot of mountain-biking. And have dogs and children. And see them every now and...

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