Statement on Non-Violent Methods

6 August 1953

The 12th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 4-8 August, 1953 in Paris, France:

Throughout its history the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has maintained a policy and program consistent with its purpose to work by non-violent means for the establishment of those political, economic, social and psychological conditions throughout the world which can assure peace and freedom.

The International Executive Committee of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom assembled in Paris, August 10-12th, 1953, received with great interest the report to the Congress on Possibilities of Applying Non-Violent Principles and Techniques in Current Politics.

To implement the work of this Commission on Non-Violent Methods, the Women’s International league for Peace and Freedom recommends:

1. that each National Section make a careful study and discussion of this report;

2.  that information be made available to their membership concerning the Seminar held at New Delhi, India, January 5-15, 1953 which considered “the contribution of Gandhian outlook and techniques to the solution of tensions within and among nations”; the Second World Congress of Sociology of the International Sociological Association to be held at Leige, August 25 – September 1, 1953, which expects to evaluate current studies of various types of tensions and conflicts between groups within nations; and information on studies made by UNESCO of problems likely to create national or international tensions;

3. that a thorough study be made of those movements within each notion which seek to resolve tensions and to work by non-violent means for those conditions in their own countries which can assure peace and freedom; and

4. that these findings be sent to  International Headquarters to be used in such a way as may be deemed useful – e.g. as a basis for study or consideration at a Summer School, at the next Congress or through PAX ET LIBERTAS.