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2015 events

27 November 2015  (7.00pm)

Reclaim the Night Walk 

WILPF Cornwall Branch in cooperation  with

  • West Cornwall Women’s Aid (WCWA) Penzance
  • Women’s Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre (WRSAC)
  • Cornwall Rape And Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) Truro
  • Survivors Empowering Educating Domestic Abuse Services (SEEDS)

are organising a women only walk through the streets of Penzance to mark the  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women as part of the 16 days of activism 2015.  We invite all women to join our walk demanding

  • An end to men’s violence against women.
  • Women to be able to walk the streets safely by night and day.
  • More governmental funding for refuges and for women and children fleeing domestic violence.
  • Better investigation of the crime of rape

Assembly point: St John’s Hall, Alverton Street, Penzance at 7.00pm
Men are invited to support the elimination of violence against women and our walk by lining the streets and cheering us on.

14 October – 11 November 2015

Five Films on ‘Women, War and Peace’
WILPF Cornwall will be hosting a public screening of a series of five films under the heading ‘Women War and Peace’ as part of our campaigning on Gender and Militarism.

The films represent the work of three women film makers to address the omission of women’s stories from wartime reporting.  The films illuminate the complex, nuanced and global experiences of women in conflict settings and were first screened on American television in the Autumn of 2011.

The films feature the stories of courageous women who are changing the rules of engagement and working for peace and justice in Afghanistan, Liberia, Colombia and Bosnia. By placing women at the centre of a discourse about global security, the series offers a critically important perspective on war today.

  • 14 Oct – Pray The Devil Back to Hell  (Liberia)
  • 21 Oct – I Came To Testify  (Bosnia)
  • 28 Oct – The War We Are Living  (Columbia)
  • 4 Nov – Peace Unveiled  (Afghanistan)
  • 11 Nov – War Redefined  (Overview)

Each  film runs for approximately 45 minutes and there will be a general audience discussion after its screening.

Venue: Redwing Gallery in Penzance
Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm screening.
Free event – donations welcome.
Cafe will be open for hot and cold drinks and vegan/ vegetarian refreshments.

Women War and Peace invites you to see war through women’s eyes. Their hard earned wisdom will change the way you look at war forever.

Saturday 24 Oct – Glasgow
Saturday 14 Nov – Edinburgh

The BIG Scrap Trident Skillshare

A day of lively and interactive workshops to share knowledge about Trident nuclear weapons and the grassroots campaigns working to scrap them.  Leaflet here

Venues: Glasgow – STUCA  333 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow G3 6NG
Edinburgh – St Thomas of Aquins RC High School, 2-20 Chalmers St, EH3 9ES

Start time 10am.  More information at:

Booking at:

All are welcome, from complete beginners to life-long activists

Monday 5 October – 17 October

WILPF’ s Centenary Exhibition

WILPF Cornwall invites the public to celebrate WILPF’ s Centenary at an exhibition that tells the story of the events leading up to the Women’s Congress in The Hague in 1915.  Information and pictures relating to WILPF’ s current work will also be on display.

5-10 October – Marazion Quaker Meeting House, Beacon Road, Marazion
13-16 October – Morrab Library, Morrab Road, Penzance

A special opening event will take place at the Marazion venue Monday 5th October, 7pm – 9.30pm where we will show the film ‘These Dangerous Women’ about the attempt of women to reach the Hague in 1915.  Sahar Mediha Al-Naas (University of Exeter) will then give a talk, followed by a discussion, on the plight of Libyan Women.  Songs for Peace, led by Pip Wright and Singers will be sung.

This is a free event.  Donations are welcome and refreshments will be available.
Free Parking at end of King’s Road by kind permission of St Aubyn Estates, mention you are parking there for an event at the Quaker Meeting House.

Saturday 26 September 2015

Women and Peacemaking – Personal and Political
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London
10.30 – 5.00pm

Organised by WILPF and Pax Christi and supported by The First World War Peace Forum and Eklessia

Programme details and booking form here

Wednesday 23 September 2015

SCOTLAND: Towards a Global Nuclear Weapons Ban
Marking UN International Day of Peace and UN International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.

The event is organised by the Scottish Branch of WILPF with support from SCND and other members of the Scrap Trident Coalition.

Venue: Scottish Parliament, 6.30 – 8.30pm

The early evening discussion will highlight and support the Humanitarian Pledge, initiated by the Austrian Government, which aims to fill the legal gap in the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.  Names of speakers and more information at here

Light refreshments will be served.
All are welcome, although places are limited, and to comply with parliamentary security, details of all attendees will be submitted in advance.  If you would like to be added to the list of invitees, please email

4–23 September 2015

100 Year of Women Campaigning for Peace
Hosted by WILPF, Scottish Branch and Wool Against Weapons, Scotland
Exhibition at the Out of The Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmery Street, Leith, Edinburgh
Poster for this event here

13 April 2015

Blockade of Faslane on the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending
Thank you to everyone for making the Saturday 4th Glasgow demo such  success – read about it here

Today, the Scrap Trident coalition, of which Scottish WILPF is a member, is working towards the blockade of Faslane on the Global Day of Action Against Military Spending. Do join us as we need lots of people to sit in the gateways and lots more people there to support them. Details of how to get involved are here.

4 April 2015

Scrap Trident demo assembling, Glasgow 4 April,
Scrap Trident demo assembling, Glasgow 4 April,

Scrap Trident Demonstration, Glasgow
The Scrap Trident Coalition, of which WILPF Scottish Branch is a member, is to hold a demonstration at George Square, Glasgow.  The platform is to be headed by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, along with Scottish Greens Co-Convenor, Patrick Harvie MSP.  The full line up, including WILPF’s Penny Stone, can be found here

2-8 March 2015

Exhibition at the Jubilee Library, Brighton – 100 Years of Women’s Campaigning
Exhibition by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

From the left: the Mayoress and Mayor, Molly Beirne and Jenny Engledow
From the left: the Mayoress and Mayor, Molly Beirne and Jenny Engledow

WILPF Brighton Branch has started off our centenary year with an excellent and attractively laid out exhibition at the Jubilee Library in Brighton. It tells the story in words and pictures of the events leading up to the Congress at The Hague in 1915 and includes information and pictures relating to WILPF’s current work.  The text was supplied by WILPF historian Katrina Gass.

The exhibition was opened by the Mayor on 2nd March and the Mayoress, who was also present, joined WILPF on the spot!!

Some splendid banners are hanging on the walls including a recently rediscovered one from the very early days, when WILPF was called “WIL”, and a lovely brand new one created by Jenny Engledow especially for the centenary. Brighton Branch has also published a very interesting booklet of the recollections of its members.

Review and photos by Pat Pleasance

Additional photos of this event:
Banner celebrating 100 years of WILPF
WIL banner, c.1915-1919

8 March 2015

‘Jazzy Vibes’ celebrates International Women’s Day
Rising stars from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra are celebrating International Women’s Day and raising funds for WILPF at the H G Wells Centre, Bromley, Kent, from 2.30 to 5.30pm.
More details here

12 July 2014 – 1 March 2015

‘War Stories: Voices from the First World War’

Brighton Museum and Art Gallery holds the exhibition ‘War Stories: Voices from the First World War’.  The exhibition includes a piece on WILPF member Eileen Daffern, now deceased. This contribution to the exhibition led to the current Branch Secretary being traced by the exhibition creators for an filmed interview about WILPF.

8 November 2014 – 15 February 2015

‘Remaking Picasso’s Guernica’ at the Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Members of WILPF Brighton and Hove District Branch worked on the banner other activists and academics. The banner forms part of the ‘Conscience and Conflict, British Artists and the Spanish Civil War’ exhibition, which is excellent with many moving and wonderful paintings and drawings by people such as Picasso, Henry Moore, John Armstrong and others.

2 March – 9 March 2015

Centenary Exhibition
Brighton and Hove District Branch will be holding a WILPF centenary exhibition in the Jubilee Library, Brighton.

Sunday 8 March

Singathon to mark International Women’s Day – Scotland
The following is a message from Penny Stone about a singathon she is organising to mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2015.

Dear friends,

I am organising a singathon for International Women’s Day 2015. The event will commemorate the centenary of the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the oldest international women’s peace organisation in the world. The story of the founding of WILPF is quite amazing, and you will hear about it if you come to the singathon! 🙂 we will sing 100 songs in honour of this centenary celebration.

This email is asking you to save he date, Sunday 8 March from 3pm to midnight (or some of that time!) to come and sing a song or two with us. Penny Stone will lead most of the singing, most of which will be singalong songs, or at least singalong choruses. The themes for the song choices will be women, international, peace and freedom – a pretty broad lot of songs!

I would also like to extend the invitation to anyone who wants to come and sing a song or lead a song to do that. I will need to know by February 18th if you would like to do this, and what songs you will be singing as I need to make sure no one is doubling songs. I will also be projecting the lyrics for many songs to be sung along to, so will need time to prepare this. There will be a strict 5 minutes per song allowed, including any talking before hand to tell the story or teaching of parts to enable us to finish by midnight.

Song suggestions are very welcome also, even if you don’t want to lead the song and I’ll need these by February 18 as well.

The singathon will be free to attend and donations will be collected and split between two funds: A fund to enable women from poorer Countries to travel to The Hague for the women stop war conference in April and Penny’s ongoing activism fund, which this year is supporting her to travel to the Wilpf conference at The Hague to get everyone singing and to work with children in Palestine with music as a form of resistance.

All singers will be invited to bring cake and nibbley things to share. Tea and coffee will be provided. This worked well for the Pete Seeger singathon we had last year, and it was honestly one of the most enjoyable days of my year, so do make it along for an hour or five this year if you can! 🙂

I look forward to hearing from you (if you’d like to share a song or two). I hope to have the same hall at St. John’s on Princes Street but am waiting for confirmation, so more info and a flyer to share will be circulated in due course. For now, save the date if you can! 🙂 oh, and please do pass onto anyone else who might be interested.

Love, Penny