WILPF’s Heritage Month – Let’s celebrate 106 years of WILPF!

This April marks 106 years since 1,136 women gathered together in The Hague in the midst of the First World War to discuss the root causes of war and take decisive action for a future of peace.  

The meeting ended with the founding of the International Women’s Committee of Permanent Peace, which was renamed the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1919. Today, WILPF’s growing global movement includes 32 Sections, 13 Groups, and nearly 7,000 activists representing 49 countries – one of the oldest and largest women’s peace movements in the world. 

In celebration of 106 years of activism, advocacy, and sisterhood, throughout April we will be highlighting key moments, events, and people from WILPF’s past – and looking ahead to a future of deepening impact as we continue to build a world defined by peace, justice, security, and equality for all. 

We invite you to follow along on our social channels using the hashtag #WILPFHeritageMonth. Then, on 28 April – the day of our founding in 1915 – watch out for a special wrap-up of our celebration as we wish ourselves a happy birthday! 

P.S. If you’re looking for more reading on WILPF’s history, check out this pamphlet and an interactive timeline we created to celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2015!

Take part in the celebration

Are you a member of WILPF? Are you a partner? Then we would love to hear from you. 

 

Here’s how you can take part in the Heritage Month: 

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Do you have fond memories of your time in WILPF and great pictures that capture the key moments of your Section’s work over the past years? 

Write to membership [at] wilpf.org and share your memories, struggles and victories so that we can highlight them in #WILPFHeritageMonth.  

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Send us a video memory!

We have opened the WILPF Studio app for collecting video submissions of up to 1 minute. 

We would love to hear stories about committed and passionate WILPFers, to hear about campaigns and successes, to hear about overcoming challenges – and to hear why you are a member of this 106 years old organisation! 

We will be sharing a few of the best stories on WILPF social media channels during April. 

To participate, download this 1-pager on how-to.

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We invite you to follow along on our social channels using the hashtag #WILPFHeritageMonth

We would love to share this journey back in time with you and discover your memories, comments and perspectives throughout our campaign. So join in, we look forward to hearing from you! 

If you want to share your own stories and photos about WILPF and the work in your Section, remember to use the hashtag #WILPFHeritageMonth.

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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