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Organization: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
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Postal address of organization/institution

1, rue de Varembé, Case Postale 28,1211 Geneva 20 Switzerland

E-mail address of organization/institution


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Telephone of organization/institution

(+41 22) 919 70 80

PRIORITIES: All of the organization's domains of culture of peace activity


TOP PRIORITY: The organization's most important culture of peace activity


PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

WILPF has sections in 35 countries. Furthermore WILPF is at the international, as well as the regional and the national level working together with like minded groups, movements and organizations (developments, human rights’ and  peace organizations) to promote our aims and principles.

ACTIONS: What activities have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the ten years of the Decade? If you already made a report in 2005, your information from 2005 will be included in the 2010 report.

Actions as of 2005 were listed in the midterm Decade report

In the second half of the Decade WILPF has been:

* working against arms escalation and drawing attention to the disproportionate amount of resources allocated to military expenditures

*working for demilitarization of the societies – especially in all the countries where WILPF has Sections
* organizing women’s dialogues in the Middle East

* participating in non-governmental organization (NGO) committees which follow the United Nations’ work on women’s issues, human rights, disarmament and development

* working for an end to nuclear testing and the elimination of nuclear weapons

*working for a ban on cluster bombs, all other cluster munition and on uranium weapons

*working for an understanding of and bringing an end to nuclear power

* sending fact-finding missions to conflict areas around the world

* supporting the first gathering of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations

* leading the NGOs that pushed for Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the second half of the Decade?

See progress as reported in  the 2005 midterm report (see above)

OBSTACLES: Has your organization faced any obstacles to implementing the culture of peace and nonviolence? If so, what were they?

See obstacles as reported in  the 2005 midterm report (see above)

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization in the short, medium and long term to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence?

We live in a time of global uncertainty – nuclear weapons and women's issues are at the forefront of international affairs. This is the moment to accelerate our efforts to build a world of freedom, peace and security. We must do the following:

Make WILPF a stronger, larger and more visible organization.

Create a solid international groundwork for the elimination of militarism and oppression, and for the understanding of the connection between militarism and the patriarchy, and oppression and patriarchy.

Continue to encourage women’s participation in the discussion and the decision-making process of critical issues such as peace, security, nuclear weapons and human rights.

Help WILPF build an endowment to ensure our ability to continue our work toward a lasting and sustainable peace.

In 2015, WILPF will host a conference for our 100th anniversary.  In addition to our Congress in the Hague, celebratory events will be held on regional, national and local levels; WILPF Sections all around the world will delve into and share the unique history of their work.  WILPF will also be producing a wide range of materials to commemorate three generations of our history and vision: leaflets, books, pamphlets, a photo exhibition, a short film etc. etc.

GLOBAL MOVEMENT: How do you think the culture of peace and nonviolence could be strengthened and supported at the world level??

For WILPF the combination of the patriarchal structure of our societies, the ongoing building of militarism and the lack of understanding of for instance the fact that 90 percent of any given army are men and 80 percent of a given refugee camp are women is a big challenge, and if we manage to get out this analysis and get other organizations’ world wide support to the struggle for dismantling both the patriarchy and militarism, we have reached one of our most important goals.
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