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Updates from WILPF International

Women’s Power to Stop War

Women’s Power to Stop War is a new movement created and led by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Those joining the movement, will be part of an international community of courageous activists, who believe conflicts and wars cannot be stopped without the participation of women – and that it is time that women focus on and use their power to stop war.

Its aim is not just to stop war on women, but also to stop war on all human beings, who wish to live a life of peace and freedom.

Keep checking the WILPF International website as more will be posted including blogs, videos, our Anniversary Atlas and all the details on the events of 2015.

Centenary of WILPF

In 1915, 1136 visionary women came together in The Hague, the Netherlands, to stop World War I and on April 28, they founded the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).

In 2015, 1136 visionary women will again come together to participate in the second women’s peace and security conference of a century, uniting the global movement, ‘Women’s Power to Stop War.

The conference will take place from 27-29 April in the World Forum in The Hague. Keep an eye on this website as the Conference Programme, ticket registration pages and loads of other information will come up soon!

Join the Movement now and Sign the Pledge, Donate, and Come to The Hague in 2015

A Letter to all WILPF members from the WILPF International History group

Dear WILPF sisters in most of the corners of the world:

The WILPF Centennial 2015 is rapidly approaching and preparations are under way. All sections have been asked to work on their own history as a contribution to the large and impressive history of WILPF as a whole. The IB has established some working groups and given them specific tasks. The “History Group” is one of them. We have been given the mandate to

  • Support the Sections’ work on their story gathering
  • Coordinate and gather information from the Sections that could be used for printed

Material, exhibitions etc. at the international Triennial Congress and International

Conference (in 2015)

  • ‘Plan “Our Story” exhibition at The Hague and coordinate with the Arts and entertainment working group.

While all national sections are “branches” on the many-splendored WILPF tree we are united in the principles of our Constitution. All sections are committed to engage in common activities, but they differ in size, resources, geographic location and political environment and have to adjust their activities accordingly. Each section should write its story in the way that suits best their narrative, the highlights and – if any – the failures. If we shall be able to learn from the past, we need to look at both ends of the scale.

However, we need a common overview and a few facts for the whole organization, as a framework. For that reason we would ask all Sections to send us the following:

  • Your Section’s major historic events. This includes your founding date, at what time your Section had its largest membership, as well as any major historic highlights you want to tell us about. These stories can take any shape, form or length you would like. They can be highly personal or strictly descriptive, but please include the (most) exact date and location of the events you describe, so we can include them in our Anniversary Atlas.
  • Work you are already doing on your own history. We have heard many Sections are already engaged in discovering and celebrating their own history, but we want to know about it! Tell us if you have already done any work on your history or are planning to do so. If these include any specific events, like a lecture organised specifically on the history of your Section, please, again, include the (most) exact date and location of such events.

WILPF Questions especially for sections outside Europe

WILPF International is asking individuals, branches and sections to consider their priorities using a set of 6 Questions.  They have explained the purpose of this as follows:

Nearly 100 years ago, founders of WILPF, in 1915 drafted 20 resolutions to influence policy and decision makers.  ALL sections have an opportunity to contribute to this discussion on WILPF’s political priorities and future direction. In preparation for the 2015 WILPF Centenary, the Working Group on Political Content is given the task of identifying the political priorities for our work now and in the future.

In January 2013 the International Board meeting in Madrid commissioned Cynthia Cockburn, UK member to draft a Manifesto for 2015.  With her work, we now have a second draft based on input from, and conversations with, many WILPF members.

We need your help. The draft manifesto is a very good job combining the effort of some of our members and through interviews. However, we want to ensure input of missing perspectives, especially from the various knowledge and experience at a local level and in armed conflict areas. We want to hear from countries outside Europe and North America, if not yet included, so that these experiences can be added or made more visible.

Note I am sending out a separate email to all WILPF ACT members outlining the progress we have made to date in responding to these questions and seeking further input.

Reports of interest: Syria

 Maria Butler, PeaceWomen Programme Director reports on the Syrian Peace negotiations:

 This is a difficult time for peace advocates. How can we talk about women participating at the peace table when talk has not translated into action? How can we discuss the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda when, despite rhetoric, goodwill, ministerial support, UN mediation, advocacy, campaigns, Syrian women are not even present at the opening session of the Geneva II talks, not to mention at the infamous “table”?

Over the past few weeks, I have heard diplomats tell me, with a tone of insider arrogance, “this is not a round table; it has two sides only”. I have heard Ambassadors agree and agree and then agree again with each other that women must be part of the Geneva II process but then their States have not delivered. I have heard colleagues try to convince themselves that negotiation “observers” are actually “at the table”. Next holding a conference two weeks ahead of the Peace Talks will count as “participating”! All in all, we, as an international community of States, NGOs and UN bodies, have failed – failed to implement the WPS agenda and failed to find mechanisms to include women. Despite this collective failure, we will not resign. To the contrary, we, as WILPF for sure, will redouble our work, rethink our efforts and recommit our support to push forward women’s full, equal, and meaningful participation and rights in this peace process and others.

 Friday January 17, 2014 was indeed a historic day for Syrian women, despite now being in the shadow of the failures in Geneva. Three Syrian women civil society leaders briefed the UN Security Council in a special closed Arria Formula meeting demanding women’s meaningful inclusion in the Geneva II peace talks and ongoing transitional peace processes. “We want peace and we want to be part of it. This is the bottom-line,” said a representative of the Syrian Women’s League to the highest body on international peace and security. PeaceWomen planned and organized the women peace advocates’ trip, a side event and the historic Security Council meeting. A powerful moment came when one of Syrian women looked up at the Ambassadors of the Security Council and pleaded “Do not leave your resolutions in a drawer, they do not deserve only lip service” The three Syrian women, who risked their lives to speak truth to power, demanded passionately: 1) an independent women civil society presence at the Geneva II talks; 2) 30% women on all negotiating bodies; and 3) strong and effective gender expertise to ensure that gender is mainstreamed throughout all outcome documents and processes. Read more

Events of Interest

 21-25 April: Canberra Peace Convergence.

An extended gathering of peace activist and peace makers to reflect on the state of peace in our times, to build movement and to plan and take action for peace in this time of militarism, government lies and preparations for war.

Events will include

  • The first national meeting of IPAN on 21 April. Likely at a Canberra venue.
  • A one-day conference hosted by IPAN on 22 April covering such themes as militarism and sustainability, the cost of the US alliance, the Asian Pivot and US bases. Venue and program to be announced.
  • Movement response to the Gallipoli centenary 2015.
  • A three day, open forum retreat at Silver Wattle
  • A direct action together likely on morning of 24 April
  • Participation in the Anzac eve Peace Vigil at the Australian War Memorial 24 Apr
  • Participation in the “Lest We Forget” the Frontier Killings Anzac Day March at the Australian War Memorial.

Costs $50 or $25 concession

Register your interest in attending at ipan.australia@gmail.com

 25-27 April 2014. : WILPF Asia-Pacific regional meeting, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

Theme:  Militarisation in the Pacific: women, peace and security

Draft programme

Friday 25 April

  • Welcome at 12 noon, followed by lunch
  • Informal information sharing session where people will be able to speak about the situation in their country.
  • Friday evening there will be a public screening of the documentary Noho Hewa about militarisation, historical and ongoing colonisation, and its devastating effects on Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaii, and their land.

Saturday 26 April

  • Mixture of workshops, plenary presentations and panel discussions.
  • Public Meeting – details to be confirmed

Sunday 27 April

  • Morning session: WILPF business, in particular, the 100th birthday in 2015 and the possibility of the Asia-Pacific WILPF sections working together as a regional grouping within International WILPF.
  • We would also like to develop a project that the Asia-Pacific WILPF sections could work on together – there are likely to be ideas for that from the sessions on Friday and Saturday.

Articles of Interest

Simon Jenkins: Germany, I apologise for this sickening avalanche of first world war worship, The Guardian, Friday 31 January 2014

The festival of self-congratulation will be the British at their worst, and there are still years to endure. A tragedy for both our nations.  Highly relevant to Australia re ANSAC Centenary.

Report by Cynthia Enloe on Geneva each day of the Syrian Women’s Peace Talks in Geneva: Prelude to the Official Syrian Peace Talks. Monday, January 20, 2014

Books of Interest

Gender, Violence, and Human Security: Critical Feminist Perspectives Edited by Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, Christina Ewig, Amazon Books 2013

The nature of human security is changing globally: interstate conflict and even intrastate conflict may be diminishing worldwide, yet threats to individuals and communities persist. Large-scale violence by formal and informal armed forces intersects with interpersonal and domestic forms of violence in mutually reinforcing ways. Gender, Violence, and Human Security takes a critical look at notions of human security and violence through a feminist lens, drawing on both theoretical perspectives and empirical examinations through case studies from a variety of contexts around the globe.

This fascinating volume goes beyond existing feminist international relations engagements with security studies to identify not only limitations of the human security approach, but also possible synergies between feminist and human security approaches. Noted scholars Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig, along with their distinguished group of contributors, analyze specific case studies from around the globe, ranging from post-conflict security in Croatia to the relationship between state policy and gender-based crime in the United States. Shifting the focus of the term “human security” from its defensive emphasis to a more proactive notion of peace, the book ultimately calls for addressing the structural issues that give rise to violence. A hard-hitting critique of the ways in which global inequalities are often overlooked by human security theorists, Gender, Violence, and Human Security presents a much-needed intervention into the study of power relations throughout the world.

Programs of Interest

Honest History on the ABC

Starting Tuesday, 4 February, 10.05 am on 666 ABC Canberra, mobile and online: Honest History fortnightly segment opening with Professor Joan Beaumont (Broken Nation) talking about the aftermath of World War I.

Honest History is a new regular segment on 666 ABC Canberra Mornings with host Genevieve Jacobs. Shibboleths will be shafted and myths will be busted during a robust and honest history discussion.

The segment is in cooperation with Honest History and the participation of various distinguished historians.

Tune in to Mornings with Genevieve Jacobs, weekdays from 9–11am on 666 ABC Canberra. Radio. Mobile. Online.

Websites of Interest

The Honest History site promotes balanced consideration of Australian history, by making contesting, evidence-based interpretations available to students, teachers, universities, journalists and the public. We challenge the misuse of history in the service of political or other agendas.

WILPF 98th Birthday Celebrations

 

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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

– ACT Branch

 INVITE YOU TO JOIN IN WILPF’s 98th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

6.00pm (refreshments) – 6.15pm to 7.30pm (Panel and Q&A)

THURSDAY 2 MAY 2013

ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit, Canberra

UntitledFocus: How Young-WILPF women are helping to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda

Stop Violence Against WomenHEAR a Panel of Young-WILPF and YWCA delegates discuss attendance at and their work on:

  • the Commission on the Status of Women (New York, March 2013);  and
  • links between the recent Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and Gender Violence

ENGAGE in a Q&A session to know more about Women, Peace and Security.

CELEBRATE the past by looking to the future.

NETWORK with leaders in women’s and peace-building groups and organisations.

DONATION:  WILPF members: $5.00 / non-WILPF members: $10.00 (to support the WILPF Centenary Conference – to be held in May 2015 in Canberra!)

Please RSVP by Monday 29 April 2013 to Jan Goldsworthy (WILPF – ACT) at golds@webone.com.au

Australian Civil Society Dialogue on Women Peace and Security

WILPF members from South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales joined the Canberra Branch members at the Inaugural Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security, held at the ANU on Monday 15 April 2013.

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The Purpose of the Annual Dialogue is to:

  • showcase the contribution of civil society organisations to the women, peace and security agenda in the context of UNSCR 1325;
  • facilitate effective dialogue between civil society and the Australian Government on women, peace and security in the context of UNSCR 1325;
  • support shadow reporting on the Australian National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security; and
  • elevate the national discussion on women, peace and security.

This Annual Dialogue  event is a collaboration between  the following organisations

Australian National Committee for UN Women (UN Women Australia)

Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Australian Section

The Gender Institute at the Australian National University

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Barbara O’Dwyer from WILPF ACT delivered an Introductory Address on the Women Peace and Security  agenda, to set the scene for the inaugural event.

Further details are available at the ACFID website:  www.acfid.asn.au

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Do you know about ‘ WORDS FOR PEACE’ a WILPF ACT Project

This project was conceived by Annie Didcott, a member of WILPF (ACT), as an attempt to create a link between the younger generation and WILPF in general.

Creating a compendium of works about what Peace means to them would be one way of discovering how young people are thinking about this important and seemingly irresolvable issue. In turn, engaging with this project will introduce young people to the history, aims and achievements of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and hopefully help to develop Young WILPF to carry this work into the future.

The book ‘Words for Peace’ is envisaged as a collection of work from the age group 10 – 18 years and a small team of like-minded enthusiasts is working together to realise the project. There are four categories of submission – poetry, prose, song and drawing.

The project accepts entries from February 2013 until 28th June 2013

To find out more or to submit an entry you can either:

Go to Words for Peace Website at http://wordsforpeace2013.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/4/

or

Make contact by email at  wordsforpeace2013@gmail.com

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 19th September 2013 at 5 pm at the Bogong Theatre, Gorman House.

Sponsorship is sought in kind or in cash.  Financial donations can be made by electronic transfer to:

Community CPS Australia Bank

BSB: 805-022

A/C Number: 22556737

Donors are asked to advise Words for Peace of their name, amount and date paid in, and include email/postal addresses to enable acknowledgement and assist in management of the account.

Payments can also be made by cheque payable to Words for Peace and sent c/- WILPF (ACT) Branch, Box 934, Dickson, ACT 2602.

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At the 15 August Canberra launch of the ‘Side by Side’ DVD and Educational toolkit on UNSC Resolution 1325, WILPF received a huge vote of thanks for its major leading role in the development of Australia’s National Action Plan on … Continue reading

ANZAC DAY SILENT PEACE VIGIL AT NATIONAL PEACE MEMORIAL CANBERRA

To all WILPF members and friends

Anzac Day, 25 April 2012, Silent Peace Vigil, 3pm at the National Peace Memorial 

We invite you to join with us on ANZAC Day at 3 pm at the Peace Memorial (between the National Library and the Lake), to reflect in silence on the grief and suffering and waste of war; to grieve for all who have died and are suffering through war; and to commit ourselves to build a world without war in which conflicts will be resolved without violence and where women and men contribute equally to the building of peace.  Please bring a flower to place on the Peace Memorial if you wish.                       

Further information Margaret 6247 3739

MAKING LANTERNS AND SINGING UP PEACE WITH GRAEME DUNSTAN

MAKING LANTERNS AND SINGING UP PEACE WITH GRAEME DUNSTAN

Saturday 14 April  1:00–5:00pm &Sunday 15 April  4:00–6:00pm

Cost  $15/$30 families for both sessions, includes materials

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