WILPF Membership

Are you an organiser, advocate, agitator, professional, networker, mentor, analyst, or someone else passionate about making a difference? Do you aspire to shift mindsets, prevent violence, propose feminist alternatives, and contribute to a powerful movement? If so, we invite you to join us at WILPF. We welcome anyone committed to our vision of a world of lasting peace, willing to uphold our values and principles.

By joining WILPF today, you will become part of a diverse membership of feminist activists and peacebuilders from all walks of life, present in over 45 countries around the world.

Become a member and get active where you are by affiliating with a National Section or Group. Check here if WILPF is already present in your country. If not, join our movement as an international member regardless of your location.

Why Join WILPF?

Network for women’s rights and sustainable peace

Get invited to WILPF seminars, webinars and events

Receive monthly e-newsletters

Access our online resource hub

Join the Movement Today

If WILPF has a National Section in your country, select your country and get in touch with them.

If WILPF doesn’t have a Section in your country, you can join through our international website.

Start a Section

Are you considering or have you already decided to create a WILPF National Section in your country? Thank you for lending us your energy! Each and every Section around the world is an essential component of WILPF.

By working together in Sections, you will forge relationships and generate solutions for building peace. WILPF National Sections are essential because they:

  • Share WILPF values and promote a democratic participatory way of work;
  • Support or develop grassroots activities aligned with WILPF values;
  • Are taking part in WILPF’s evolution;
  • Provide a feminist and contextual analysis of their countries’ challenges, which will be used to develop advocacy at the international and national level; and
  • Provide financial support to WILPF via the Section fee.

The first step for becoming a WILPF National Section is to be approved as a WILPF National Group

How To Form a National Group in Your Country

To be successful, you need to:

  • Engage your community;
  • Define your shared concerns;
  • Discuss how you can adapt and realise WILPF’s vision and work in your country;
  • Develop a broad membership base. We love – and need – diversity! Be sure to get members from different cultural, economic, linguistic, ethnic, and ability backgrounds.

To be validated, your Group shall:

  • Be composed of at least ten paid members (the fee amount is set by the Group but WILPF International Secretariat will request proof of payment);
  • Be the only Group representing WILPF in your country: if you wish to know whether this is the case, discover where our members are.

When you are in the process of creating a new Group from scratch, it is often a great help to be in contact with nearby WILPF Sections or already established Groups. This can provide sisterly support and answer to questions as they arise in the initial stages. Feel free to contact them.

What Is The Road Ahead?

If you think you meet the criteria above, you should get in touch with us at membership (a) wilpf.org and we will guide you through the application process.

We will ask you to fill out an application form that will be reviewed by our International Board. If the Board approves your application, you will be officially recognised as a WILPF National Group and have successfully completed the first step to become a Section.

Every third year, during WILPF’s International Congress, a National Group can become a Section if approved by the Congress. The requirements for admission are:

  1. A group of at least ten members resident in the country has been approved by the International Board to operate as a National Group;
  2. There is only one group representing WILPF in each country;
  3. The group has elected board members who assume specific responsibilities, including a President, Secretary and Treasurer; and
  4. The group has a work plan and a financial plan in place.

As the next Congress approaches, you will receive more guidance on how to submit your application for admission.  

Membership Fees

If you decide to join as an international member, your membership will be based on self-reported income. Use the table below to determine the cost of your annual membership.

Annual Income Annual Fee
Income up to CHF 10,000 per year CHF 10
Income between CHF 10,001 and CHF 30,000 per year CHF 20
Income between CHF 30,001 and CHF 50,000 per year CHF 40
Income between CHF 50,001 and CHF 70,000 per year CHF 50
Income between CHF 70,001 and CHF 100,000 per year CHF 100
Income between CHF 100,001 and CHF 120,000 per year CHF 120
Income between CHF 120,001 per year plus donation CHF 150

Payment Methods

The online application will automatically direct you to make a secure payment with your credit card. Payments with credit cards go through Stripe.

Remember that if you wish to pay in person or by bank transfer that is always possible! Just write to us and we will take it from there.

And remember that by becoming a member of WILPF you agree to WILPF’s vision, values and approach.

Contact Us

Do you want to start a National Group? Contact us at membership (a) wilpf.org.

Your donation isn’t just a financial transaction; it’s a step toward a more compassionate and equitable world. With your support, we’re poised to achieve lasting change that echoes through generations. Thank you!

Thank you!

Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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