WILPF’s 33rd International Congress has officially come to an end after nine incredible days!
Hosted by WILPF Australia, the event welcomed more than 400 members from all over the world under the theme: “Making Connections: Environment, Social Justice, and Demilitarisation for Feminist Peace.”
From workshops, hosted by members, to networking events to discussion spaces and more, participants connected with one another, engaged in meaningful dialogue about the challenges before us, and reflected on past achievements while reaffirming their collective commitment to pursuing a future of feminist peace.
Fifteen thematic workshops covered topics from ecofeminism to killer robots to feminist economies of care during the nine days. The weekend sessions were dedicated to eight plenary sessions, in which organisational priorities were at the centre of the discussion.
During the plenary, Section delegates and the International Board voted to adopt WILPF’s new International Programme and new resolutions, agreed on updates to WILPF’s Constitution and By-Laws, and welcomed a new International Board. Ten new Sections joined WILPF.
Read on for everything you need to know after the video.
Introducing WILPF’s new International Programme (2022–2025)
WILPF’s new International Programme was officially adopted at Congress!
Developed through a collaborative process open to all members and staff from across the globe, the new International Programme unites WILPF’s community in a shared strategic direction for the next three years.
Guiding our collective actions at the local, national, regional, and international levels, the International Programme reflects the current context in which we are working and lays out our feminist path to peace. Over the next three years, all of WILPF will work in three main action areas, namely Challenging Systems & Structures of Oppression, Promoting Inclusive & Peaceful solutions to Conflict, and Strengthening Feminist Peace Activism. The Programme also offers guidance on how members can begin the process of adapting it to their local contexts.
More information about the International Programme will be shared directly with members in the weeks ahead.
Welcome to our new International Board members!
Following this year’s Congress, we’re thrilled to announce our next International Board and excited to announce that Sylvie Ndongmo of WILPF Cameroon is stepping into the role of International President. Taking the reins from Joy Onyesoh, who has served as International President for the past four years, Sylvie Ndongmo will oversee the International Board’s leadership and governance of WILPF, including WILPF achieves its aims and principles between Triennial Congresses.
The new members include:
- Sylvie Ndongmo of WILPF Cameroon as International President
- Jamila Afghani of WILPF Afghanistan as Vice-President
- Melissa Torres of WILPF US as Vice-President
- Janette McLeod of WILPF Australia as International Treasurer
- Annie Matundu Mbambi (WILPF DRC) as Regional Representative for Africa
- Edwick Madzimure (WILPF Zimbabwe) as Alternate Regional Representative for Africa
- Janet Slagter (WILPF US) as Regional Representative for Americas
- Beatriz Schulthess (WILPF Costa Rica) as Alternate Regional Representative for Americas
- Ludmilla Kwitko (WILPF Australia) as Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific
- Celine Kearney (WILPF Aotearoa) as Alternate Regional Representative for Asia-Pacific
- Ariana Durani (WILPF Sweden) as Regional Representative for Europe
- Rosa Logar (WILPF Austria) as Alternate Regional Representative for Europe
- Hanan Awwad (WILPF Palestine) as Regional Representative for MENA
- Diala Chehade (WILPF Lebanon) as Alternate Regional Representative for MENA
- Pushpa Motiyani (WILPF India) as Alternate Regional Representative for South Asia
WILPF welcomes 10 new Sections!
The movement continues to grow! This year’s Congress officially welcomed 10 new Sections to WILPF’s global community of feminist peace activists.
If you cannot read the map, is here a list for you:
- WILPF Argentina
- WILPF Austria
- WILPF Burkina Faso
- WILPF Burundi
- WILPF CAR
- WILPF Côte d’Ivoire
- WILPF Guinée
- WILPF Niger
- WILPF Sudan
- WILPF Togo
New resolutions adopted to the Constitution and By-laws
Congress also adopted seven new resolutions, which are now undergoing translation and will be published as soon as possible. The same goes for updates agreed on in the WILPF Constitution and By-Laws.
Thank you to everyone who joined us!
WILPF’s 33rd International Congress was an incredible opportunity for our global community to reunite, engage across geographic boundaries, and strengthen our resolve to work for a future of feminist peace, justice, equality, and human rights for all.
Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we can’t wait to see you at the next Congress!