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#Goodbye2021

2021 is coming to an end …

We’ve reached the end of the other year.

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WILPF International
22 December 2021

And to wrap up the year in beauty we decide to follow Audre Lorde’s wise words of advice. 2021 has been a year full of emotions, challenges, fears, and victories, it’s time to do what we all deserve: take care of ourselves. 

During this year we have been working hard to advance feminist peace in the world and we are extremely grateful to have you with us. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. 

Now it is time for us to refocus, recharge and reflect on the past year, and we encourage you to do the same. You won’t hear from us until we return on 6 January 2022, but we won’t forget you and we’re already preparing some great surprises for our return. 

The coming year will not be easy and we are already preparing ourselves. Every year that passes we get better, bigger, stronger and we never lose hope. In the meantime, do as we do, rest, and enjoy your loved ones. We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks’ time when we’re all recharged and excited to face 2022 together.

Bring it on 2022!

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