Sustainable peace can only be achieved when women are included. This is why WILPF works tirelessly to organise women, create spaces for them to speak up, and ensure their participation in peace processes. When women are excluded, we find ways to make them included.
We form initiatives and organise events where women from around the world can meet, share their experiences and discuss strategies. For instance, as part of our initiative “Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation in the UN System,” we brought 150 women peace activists to the UN office in Geneva to discuss how to make the UN more inclusive.
In Bosnia, our initiative “Women Organising for Change” focuses on making women agents for change in the post-conflict period. In Cameroon, WILPF has participated in setting up a Women’s Situation Room, engaging women in hands-on conflict prevention. In the Netherlands, our conference “Women’s Power to Stop War” gathered more than 1,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds.
These are just a few examples, and the list goes on. We are active all over the world, and we know that the lessons learned by women in one community can help women in another. From Syria to Switzerland, from Colombia to Cameroon, and from Nepal to Nigeria, we make sure that women get to be part of the solution.