Travel scholarships for young WILPF members 

The Kay Camp Fund of WILPF was established to honour past national and international Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) president, Ms. Kay Camp.

The Fund provides funding for active young WILPF members (age 35 and under) who are planning international travel to attend events related to peace, disarmament and human rights. Preference will be given to peace activists who can use the funds to increase leadership skills in their ongoing work for justice and peace.

Application requirements

Applicants shall include:

1. Description of the planned trip.
2. Purpose and objectives of the travel.
3. Date and duration of the travel.
4. A narrative statement regarding the applicant’s financial need.
5. An estimated budget.
6. A letter of nomination from their WILPF Section or, for international members, from another WILPF body.
7. Two letters of reference from WILPF members.
8. A short bio of the applicant.
9. A brief essay stating how the applicant’s participation at the event will further the achievement of their and WILPF’s goals.

Applications are accepted only in English and should be submitted electronically to kaycampfund (a)


Funding decisions are made twice a year following application deadlines of 28 February and 30 September. We hope to fund three applicants for each round of application.

Selection criteria

• The Kay Camp Fund Committee will consider financial need, and the leadership potential of the applicant.
• We encourage application from people with the widest diversity of background, culture and experience.
It is expected that the grantee would remain involved with WILPF for at least two years after the event.
• Expenses will be considered for a portion of the event registration and transportation costs. Maximum funding for any one grant is USD 1’000, although the Committee reserves the right to grant lesser amounts depending on the number of qualified applicants.
• Funds will not be given to the same grantee within five years.
• No more than two members from any Section will be funded in one year.
• Unused monies are to be returned to the Kay Camp Fund at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, address below.
• At the conclusion of the trip, a report, a financial statement, and photos (if available) are to be sent to WILPF and the Kay Camp Fund Committee by email or mail at addresses below. These materials may be used in WILPF publications.
• In some years, some limited funds may be used for travel within the United States.


Contact for reports or to return unused funds:

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Attn: Ashish Mahajan
777 United Nations Plaza, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017-

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.

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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. 

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