Uniting Champions of Feminist Peace

At the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), we firmly believe in the power of volunteers propelling us towards a more peaceful, equal and just world. With each individual’s passion and dedication, we harness the strength of unity to create a powerful force for positive change.

Together, we embrace the transformative power of volunteerism, supporting changemakers to build a future where peace, equality, and justice flourish. Be a part of this extraordinary journey as we work together to make a difference and create a lasting impact in the world. Join WILPF as a volunteer today and become an integral part of our global mission for peace.

Why Volunteer with WILPF

Volunteering with WILPF offers you more than just a chance to contribute your time and skills; it provides an opportunity to be part of a global community of changemakers.

As a WILPF volunteer, you will…

Ignite Positive
Change

Ignite Positive
Change

Your contributions will fuel powerful campaigns challenging militarism, advocating for disarmament, and empowering women as leaders for peace.

Amplify
Your Voice

Amplify
Your Voice

We envision a world where all forms of violence are prevented through peaceful and gender-responsive means that address root causes of conflict.

Develop
Valuable Skills

Develop
Valuable Skills

Engage in real-world activism, grassroots organising, and strategic advocacy, cultivating skills that make a difference in your life and community.

Connect
Globally

Connect
Globally

Bridge cultures and borders, forging meaningful connections with activists worldwide, united by a shared vision for a better future.

Become a Volunteer

Joining WILPF as a volunteer is easy and rewarding. We welcome individuals from all walks of life, backgrounds, and experiences who share our vision of a peaceful and equal world. Explore our various volunteer opportunities below.

Advocacy

If you are passionate about advocating for human rights, gender equality, and peacebuilding on a global scale, being an advocacy volunteer is the perfect fit for you. Join us in engaging with policymakers, influencing international forums, and driving change through impactful campaigns.

Community Organising

Be a catalyst for change by joining us as a community building volunteer. As a community organiser, you’ll foster membership animation, mobilise people, and support projects promoting peace and social justice, empowering a global movement for positive transformation.

Communications

Are you a storyteller at heart? Become a communications volunteer and use your creativity to raise awareness about WILPF’s mission and activities. From social media management to content creation and graphic design, your skills will help amplify our voice and message across the globe.

Research and Analysis

If you who are passionate about data and research, joining as a research volunteer offers an opportunity to delve into critical global issues, contribute to insightful reports, and support evidence-based advocacy efforts.

Event Planning

If organising and coordinating events is your forte, you canl play a crucial role in executing conferences, workshops, and public engagements that bring together activists and stakeholders to address pressing challenges.

Contact Us

Thank you for expressing your interest in volunteering with WILPF! We will review your information and get in touch with you shortly to schedule an orientation and discuss the available volunteer opportunities that align with your interests and skills.

Hear from Our Changemakers

Discover what our dedicated volunteers have to say about their journey with WILPF. From making a difference in local communities to being part of a global movement for feminist peace, our volunteers share their inspiring experiences that have enriched their lives and empowered them as agents of change.

Volunteer FAQ

We understand that you may have questions about volunteering with WILPF. Below, we address some common queries to help you get started on your journey as a changemaker with us.

We value the time and effort volunteers contribute to our cause. The time commitment varies depending on the role and project, but we appreciate any amount of time you can dedicate, whether it’s a few hours a week or more.

To become a volunteer with WILPF, simply fill out the contact form on this page. Our team will reach out to you to schedule an orientation and discuss available volunteer opportunities.

At WILPF, we offer diverse volunteer roles, including advocacy, community organising, communications, research, event planning, and more. You can choose the area that aligns with your interests and skills, allowing you to make a meaningful impact based on your passion.

We welcome volunteers from all around the world. Our volunteer opportunities can be done remotely, ensuring that you can contribute to our mission, no matter your geographical location.

WILPF is committed to supporting our volunteers’ growth and success. We offer training, mentoring, and access to resources that help enhance your skills and knowledge in your chosen area of involvement.

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

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

PRESIDENT

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. 

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

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Demilitarisation

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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