The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1915 during World War I, with Jane Addams as its first president. WILPF works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, an end to all forms of violence, and to establish those political, social, and psychological conditions which can assure peace, freedom, and justice for all.
WILPF envisions a transformed world at peace, where there is racial, social, and economic justice for all people everywhere - a world in which:
WILPF members create the peaceful transformation they wish to see in the world by making connections that:
WILPF is an international NGO with Sections in 37 countries, covering all continents. The International Secretariat is based in Geneva with a New York UN office.
Women Challenge US Policy; Building Peace on Justice in the Middle East: This campaign will examine the role of U.S. policy in the dynamics of current conflicts. It will educate communities to policy dimensions seldom discussed regarding Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. What economic interests underlie the power struggles in the region? What U.S. policy changes will end violence and promote justice? The campaign will work to bridge gaps, engage diverse groups in developing a women's vision for U.S. foreign policy, and join with women in the region to claim U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325's promise that women's active participation can bring peaceful, democratic resolution to the conflicts.
Save the Water: Water is the earth's most precious resource. Access to safe and affordable water is a human right. Local, democratic control of water is essential for food security and peace. Everywhere accelerating privatization threatens public control over access to water while scarcity looms from overuse and pollution. WILPF's campaign starts with developing water literacy and awareness that the protection and use of water is a community issue. WILPF-fostered local water research and planning groups empower communities to take responsibility for their own water quality and availability. The campaign seeks to be a catalyst for a national mobilization to "take back the water" and move this vital resource for all life into the Public Trust.
Building the Beloved Community: The goal of the BUILDING THE BELOVED COMMUNITY INITIATIVE is to work toward racial, economic, gender justice and peace with economic and political democracy. The focus seeks to address the inequities based on capitalist corporate power, war, and systemic institutionalized oppression.
Corporations vs. Democracy: The Challenge Corporate Power, Assert the People's Rights Campaign is dedicated to understanding how corporations use their illegitimate constitutional “rights” and powers to define our law, politics, jurisprudence, work, technologies, food, communities... you name it! The Campaign does this through learning and helping others to learn how we got into this mess through the discovery and study of hidden histories with an eye toward rethinking WILPF activism by placing it in the context of people’s right to self and mutual governance and uncovering the meaning of real (radical) democracy along with developing its skills and practice.
Civil Liberties: The WILPF Advancing Human Rights/CEDAW Committee is committed to promoting the values and principles of human rights as preeminent goals and standards of US laws, policies, and regulations, both foreign and domestic. To that end, we work in our states and local communities to advance the understanding and application of international human rights instruments, with special emphasis on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
DISARM: Dismantling the War Economy Campaign has four components: MilCORP ConneXion to expose the military-industrial complex and work for a peace economy; ABOLITION aiming to abolish nuclear weapons, all weapons of mass destruction, and war itself; Eye on Congress to track your own Senators and Representatives and inform them on disarmament and military budget issues using our weekly alerts; and the PEACE POLICY and Listening Project to "listen to the people for a change, and help them express their ideas on best ways to achieve the peaceful world we all desire".
LGBT: WILPF's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Issue Committee.
CUBA: Since becoming a campaign, our organizing efforts and leadership structure have continued to grow and evolve. WILPF plays an integral role as a member of the Women and Cuba Collaboration, a national project comprised of three organizations: the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, the EveryWoman's Movement for Cuba/LELO and Hermanas. The Collaborations' vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-cultural network of women formed to end the blockade of Cuba and, through this work, contribute to building a women's movement for racial and economic justice in the U.S. We also collaborate on a variety of educational and awareness-raising activities around organizing to end the U.S. Blockade through legislation, the Free the Five Campaign, and the US-Cuba Sister Cities Association.
Advancing Human Rights/CEDAW: The WILPF Advancing Human Rights/CEDAW Committee is committed to promoting the values and principles of human rights as preeminent goals and standards of US laws, policies, and regulations, both foreign and domestic. To that end, we work in our states and local communities to advance the understanding and application of international human rights instruments, with special emphasis on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
As a member of WILPF, you will be a part of this global network, connected to women working for peace all over the world. Also, you will receive a free subscription to WILPF's magazine Peace and Freedom, which includes action alerts and updates on issues related to WILPF's campaigns and programs and a monthly copy of the local Community Alliance Newspaper which includes a WILPF page.
By joining WILPF you can also become connected to local organizing. Your membership dues support WILPF's work for racial justice, women's rights, disarmament, and ending U.S. intervention. Be a part of the world-wide sisterhood for peace and justice! For general information about WILPF please contact (559) 439-0280 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILPF U.S. Section Office
Philadelphia PA 19107
Phone: (215) 563-7110
Fax: (215) 563-5527
Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA)
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 682-8830
Fax: (212) 286-8211
(WILPF’s 501(c)3 educational affiliate)
rue de Varembe
Case Postale 28
1211 Geneva 20
Phone: (+41 22) 919 70 80
Fax: (+41 22) 919 70 81
WILPF UN Office
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 682-1265
Fax: (212) 286-8211
PO Box 5114 • Fresno, CA 93755
For more information contact: (559) 439-0280 or email@example.com
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