Geneva, Switzerland (24 July 2022) – The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – the world’s longest-standing feminist peace organisation – is thrilled to announce its next International Board. The organisation is also announcing the appointment of Sylvie Ndongmo of WILPF Cameroon as its new International President.
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
Sylvie Ndongmo, whose three-year term as International President commences as of 24 July 2022, has served on the International Board between 2018 and 2022 as Regional Representative of Africa. She has been a member of WILPF since 2012 and set up WILPF Cameroon in 2014. She is taking over the position from outgoing president Joy Onyesoh, who served in the role for the past four years.
“The WILPF you want to see will be made through all of us, without any exclusion. I wish to reiterate that “United we stand, divided we fall.” Together, and only together, we are going further,”stated Ndongmo in her speech to the Congress after the election.
“The current context is full of challenges, I hope to reiterate with great force and great determination, and with deep fundamental conviction, that women have a primary place in the restoration of peace, justice, and equality throughout the world.”
The appointments were approved at WILPF’s 33rd International Congress, which took place from 16 to 24 July. Meeting every three years, Congress is the highest decision-making body of WILPF.