Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The heart of WILPF's work from its founding almost 90 years ago to the present is to study and make known the roots of conflicts and wars and to strive for their eradication. It is to help build a society without war, one in which there will be economic and social justice, respect of all human rights of women, men, children and the rights of every living thing; a society in which every person participates fully in decision-making. Our task is to help construct this necessary foundation upon which a durable peace can be achieved. We remain united in achieving that goal in spite of the turbulent times history has brought us through and today challenges us in unprecedented ways. We are challenged by the violence in our societies and the increasing number and the intensity of national and regional conflicts in all parts of the world. We are challenged by the erosion of human values that gave birth to the United Nations Charter and to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and international standards and laws. We are challenged by the marginalisation of the United Nations and the return to unilateralism where a powerful state and a few allies impose their economic and political doctrines and military rule on others, by force if needed. We are challenged by the powerful transnational corporations' control of resources and the economic and social policies of nations to amass profits for their shareholders at the cost of meeting citizens' needs. We are challenged by the dangers the new weaponry and military strategies represent to all humanity and the environment. As has so often been said, these dangerous developments are not inevitable. They are the results of decisions and the work of human beings. They can be stopped and reoriented by human beings. To do this many are needed, and many the world over are joining in accomplishing this enormous task. We will do our part in this dynamic world movement as we have always done. We are politically diverse, culturally rich, financially strained. We are women from the North and from the South, from the colonised and from the colonising countries, from war-torn countries and from countries that make war. We are united in rejecting racism and discrimination of every kind, in rejecting economic injustice, violence and every form of oppression. And we are united in our efforts to help dismantle the presently prevailing culture of militarism and to construct a culture of peace. Our immediate challenge is to implement a program of work that informs, educates, advocates, builds trust, is supportive of efforts of other organisations and of the United Nations. This is a program to reach out to others to join us in our great endeavour to build a permanent peace based on justice and freedom for all. How do we frame our work, our program and actions, so that it makes sense to all of us in WILPF, in the first place? How can we make the international program organic, that is, able to take on a significant meaning and direction for each of us in the context of our daily lives, in our regional, national and international political work? For WILPF as an organisation to grow, to be visible and to have an influence on micro and macro policies in our very interconnected world requires our activities at the local and national levels to be also very interconnected. The challenge is for us to work out specific short and longer term activities within an overall framework of the agreed program on which every section will work in its own local context, all contributing integrally to the whole international effort.

The aims and principles of WILPF are: 1) To bring together women of different political beliefs and philosophies who are united in their determination to study, make known and help abolish the causes and the legitimisation of war; 2) To work toward world peace; total and universal disarmament; the abolition of violence and coercion in the settlement of conflict and their substitution in every case of negotiation and conciliation; the strengthening of the United Nations system; the continuous development and implementation of international law; political and social equality and economic equity; cooperation among all people; and an environmentally sustainable development. 3) Believing that under systems of exploitation these aims cannot be attained and a real and lasting peace and true freedom cannot exist, WILPF makes it its duty to further by non- violent means the social transformation that enables the inauguration of systems under which social and political equality and economic equity for all can be attained, without discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, or any other grounds whatsoever. 4) WILPF sees as its ultimate goal the establishment of an international economic order founded on the principles of meeting the needs of all people and not on those of profit and privilege. 5) WILPF works on issues of peace, human rights and disarmament at the local, national and international levels, participating in the ongoing international debates on peace and security issues, conflict prevention and resolution, on the elimination of all forms of discrimination, and the promotion and protection of human rights. It contributes to analysis of these issues, and through its many activities, educates, informs and mobilizes women for action everywhere.

  • Civil Society
  • Civilian Small Arms Control
  • Community Conflict Resolution
  • DDR
  • Gender
  • Global Economic Justice
  • Human Rights
  • Media
  • Mine Action
  • Multilateral Disarmament Processes
  • Security Sector Governance

Multilateral Disarmament Processes

We provide information not otherwise available, or not readily available, specifically access to governmental positions in order to sustain informed advocacy.
Between 50.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
Description of activities
Research and policy development, Policy advice, Monitoring and Evaluation, Advocacy, Information provision on treaty meetings, including reports and governmental statements.

Gender

  • Advocacy
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
Description of activities
Monitor implementation of UN Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.

Civil Society

  • Africa
    • Central Africa
      • Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Eastern Africa
      • Rwanda
      • Burundi
    • Western Africa
      • Sierra Leone
  • Americas
    • Central America
      • Costa Rica
    • North America
      • United States of America
      • Canada
    • South America
      • Argentina
      • Chile
      • Bolivia
      • Colombia
      • Peru
  • Asia
    • Central Asia
    • East Asia
      • Japan
    • South Asia
      • Nepal
      • India
      • Sri Lanka
    • South East Asia
      • Philippines
    • Western Asia
      • Palestine
      • Lebanon
      • Israel
  • Europe
    • Eastern Europe
      • Russian Federation
      • Belarus
    • Northern Europe
      • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
      • Sweden
      • Denmark
      • Finland
      • Norway
    • Western Europe
      • France
      • Switzerland
      • Netherlands
      • Germany
    • Southern Europe
      • Italy
      • Albania
  • Oceania

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
DDR
Human Rights
Gender
Coordination of International Assistance
Types of activity: 
Monitoring and Evaluation
Advocacy
Description: 

WILPF International joined efforts to restore peace and justice in Burundi by participating in the Arusha negotiations and thereby advancing the rights of women. A WILPF delegation has also met with high authorities in Burundi with a view to devising a manifesto on the need to integrate women in high-level decision-making fora.. (SOURCE – news publications - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb156/is_2002_Dec/ai_n28970479/)

Burundi

Sectors of activity: 
DDR
Human Rights
Gender
Coordination of International Assistance
Types of activity: 
Monitoring and Evaluation
Advocacy
Description: 

WILPF International joined efforts to restore peace and justice in Burundi by participating in the Arusha negotiations and thereby advancing the rights of women. A WILPF delegation has also met with high authorities in Burundi with a view to devising a manifesto on the need to integrate women in high-level decision-making fora.. (SOURCE – news publications - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb156/is_2002_Dec/ai_n28970479/)

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Rue de Varembé 1 P.O.Box 28
Geneva 20 CH-1211
Non-governmental organisation
Between 250.000 to 1 million CHF per annum
Rue de Varembé 1 P.O.Box 28
Geneva 20 CH-1211
Headquarters

1) Implementation of international programme as secretariat; 2) Coordinating efforts of national sections; 3) Advocacy to UN and related agencies on issues of priority; 4) Service-provision to sections; 5) Publication of WILPF-Newsletter.

1
Ms
Susi Snyder
Secretary General
Susi Snyder
Secretary General
5

Network

Abolition 2000

Type: 
Other
Other: 
Grassroots / advocates
Description: 

ABOLITION 2000 is a network of over 2000 organizations in more than 90 countries world wide working for a global treaty to eliminate nuclear weapons

CONGO

Type: 
Academic

NGO committee for disarmament

Type: 
Other
Other: 
Academic/NGO
Description: 

Subcommittee of the Conference on NGOs, working for disarmament.

Partnership

Interagency task force on women, peace and security

Partner organisations: 
United Nations
NGOs
Academic