Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is a non-profit non-governmental organization working "to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds determined to study and make known the causes of war and work for a permanent peace" and to unite women worldwide who oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries.
- 1 Organizational history
- 2 WILPF today
- 3 See also
- 4 Notes
- 5 Further reading
- 6 External links
WILPF developed out of an International Women's Congress against World War I that took place in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1915; the name WILPF was not chosen until 1919. The first WILPF president, Jane Addams, had previously founded the Woman's Peace Party in the United States, in January 1915, which later became the US section of WILPF. As of 1920 the US section of WILPF was headquartered in New York City. Another of its founding members was Marian Cripps, Baroness Parmoor, who later served as president of its British branch.
Woman's Peace Party (USA)
The forerunner to the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, the Woman's Peace Party (WPP) was formed in January, 1915 in Washington, D.C. at a meeting called by Jane Addams and Carrie Chapman Catt. The approximately 3,000 women attendees approved a platform calling for the extension of suffrage to women and for a conference of neutral countries to offer continuous mediation as a way of ending war.
WPP sent representatives to a subsequent International Women's Congress for Peace and Freedom, held in The Hague from April 28–30, 1915.
International Congress of Women, The Hague, 1915
The Congress was organized by the German feminist Anita Augspurg (1857–1943), Germany's first female jurist, and Lida Gustava Heymann (1868–1943) at the invitation of the Dutch pacifist, feminist and suffragist Aletta Jacobs to protest the war then raging in Europe, and to suggest ways to prevent war in the future. The Congress opened on April 28 and was attended by 1,136 participants from both neutral and belligerent nations, adopted much of the platform of WPP and established an International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace (ICWPP) with Jane Addams as president. WPP soon became the US Section of ICWPP.
Second International Women's Congress for Peace and Freedom, Zürich, 1919
Jane Addams met with President Woodrow Wilson and is said to have worked out some common ground on peace. However, at their second international congress, held in Zürich in 1919, ICWPP denounced the final terms of the peace treaty ending World War I as a scheme of revenge of the victors over the vanquished that would sow the seeds of another world war. They decided to make their committee permanent and renamed it the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. WILPF moved its headquarters to Geneva to be near the proposed site of the League of Nations, although WILPF did not endorse empowering that organization to conduct food blockades or to use military pressure to enforce its resolutions. The League called for international disarmament and an end to economic imperialism. The US branch of WILPF grew in recognition and membership during the post-WWI era, despite some attacks on the organisation as "unpatriotic" during the First Red Scare. The WILPF supported treaties such as the Washington Naval Treaty and the Kellogg-Briand Pact, regarding them as stepping stones to a peaceful world order.
WILPF and the United Nations
WILPF has had Consultative Status (category B) with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1948 and has Special Consultative Relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as well as special relations with the International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other organizations and agencies. WILPF has advocates and lobbies for the democratization of the UN, the Security Council and all other UN organizations and agencies; monitors Security Council and General Assembly activities in order to promote reforms; opposes the privatisation and corporatisation of the UN, especially the global compact with corporations; and advocates for the abolition of the Security Council veto.
WILPF envisions a world free of violence, poverty, pollution and dominance. WILPF stands for equality of all people in a world free of racism, sexism and homophobia; the building of a constructive peace through world disarmament; and the changing of government priorities to meet human needs.
Broad areas of concern are:
- Disarmament, Demilitarisation and Good governance
- Environmental sustainability
- Global Economic Justice
PeaceWomen is a project of the WILPF, based out of their United Nations office in New York City. Its mission is described on its website as follows:
The PeaceWomen Project promotes the role of women in preventing conflict, and the equal and full participation of women in all efforts to create and maintain international peace and security. PeaceWomen facilitates monitoring of the UN system, information sharing and the enabling of meaningful dialogue for positive impact on women’s lives in conflict and post-conflict environments.
PeaceWomen's work focuses on six core areas of action to promote its mission:
- monitoring the UN Security Council’s implementation of SCR1325
- providing a comprehensive online information source on women, peace and security at www.peacewomen.org
- monitoring the UN system’s implementation of SCR1325
- advocating for the rapid and full implementation of SCR1325 and related resolutions
- managing the translation initiative and general outreach related to women, peace and security
- A Single Woman (movie)
- A Single Woman (play)
- Gender and Security Sector Reform
- Jane Addams
- Jeannette Rankin
- People's Council of America for Democracy and Peace
- Raging Grannies
- List of anti-war organizations
- List of peace activists
- List of women's organizations
- Bussey, Gertrude; Margaret (1980). Pioneers for Peace. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 1915-1965. Oxford: Alden Press.
- Women, peace and transnational activism, a century on History and Policy (2015)
- Faith, Thomas I. (2014). "Women's International League for Peace and Freedom". In Wayne, Tiffany K; Banner, Lois W. Women's Rights in the United States: a comprehensive encyclopedia of issues, events, and people. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO. pp. 272–3. ISBN 978-1-61069-214-4.
- Harriet Hyman Alonso (1993). "Former Suffragists for Peace during the Interwar Years, 1919-1935". Peace As a Women's Issue: A History of the U.S. Movement for World Peace and Women's Rights. Syracuse University Press. pp. 85–124. ISBN 978-0-8156-0269-9.
- Oldfield, Sybil. "Ellis, Marian Emily". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "Sir John Lavery Portrait of The Lady Parmooor Oil on canvas, 76 x 64cm (30 x 25) Signed". Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- "International Congress of Women opens at The Hague". History.Doc. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
- Deane, Patrick (1998). History in our hands: a critical anthology of writings on literature, culture, and politics from the 1930s. London: Leicester University Press. pp. 63–4. ISBN 978-0-7185-0143-3.
- de Ligt, Bart (July 1929). "The Intellectual Class and Modern Warfare". Reconciliation. (Speech originally given at WIPLF conference in Frankfurt-am-Main).
- Swann, Brenda; Aprahamian, Francis (1999). J.D. Bernal: a life in science and politics. London: Verso. p. 234. ISBN 1-85984-854-0.
- About Us - PeaceWomen - A Project of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Retrieved 22 July 2010.
- Harriet Hyman Alonso, Peace as a Women's Issue: A History of the U.S. Movement for World Peace and Women's Rights Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1993.
- Gertrude Bussey and Margaret Tims, Pioneers for Peace: Women's International League for Peace and Freedom 1915-1965. Oxford: Alden Press, 1980..
- Carrie A. Foster, The Women and the Warriors: The U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1946. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 1995.
- Catherine Foster, Women for All Seasons: The Story of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1989.
- Leila J. Rupp: "Transnational Women's Movements," European History Online, Mainz: Institute of European History, 2011.
- Ethel Snowden, A Political Pilgrim in Europe, New York: George H. Doran, 1921.
- Wiltsher, Anne (1985). Most dangerous women: feminist peace campaigners of the Great War (1. publ. ed.). London: Pandora Press. ISBN 0863580106.
- WILPF International official website, www.wilpfinternational.org/
- WILPF Australia Section official website, www.wilpf.org.au/
- WILPF United Kingdom Section official website, www.ukwilpf.org.uk/
- WILPF United States Section official website, www.wilpf.org/
- Jane Addams Peace Association, www.janeaddamspeace.org/
- Peace Women, www.peacewomen.org/
- Reaching Critical Will, www.reachingcriticalwill.org/
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, International Headquarters records, University of Colorado at Boulder, ucblibraries.Colorado.edu/
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, American Section records, Collection DG 043, Swarthmore College, www.swarthmore.edu/
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, British Section records, London School of Economics, Archives Division, archives.lse.ac.uk/
- Records, 1915-1977. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
- Women's International League for Peace and Freedom Collection (ARS.0056), Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound