The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is the oldest women's peace organization in the world. It 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.
Jane Addams Peace Association (JAPA)
The Jane Addams Peace Association is the 501(c)(3) education affiliate of WILPF. It was founded in 1948 "to foster a better understanding between the people of the world toward the end that wars may be avoided and a more lasting peace enjoyed." In addition to serving as fiscal sponsor for WILPF and administering several funds for peace work, JAPA annually gives Jane Addams Children's Book Awards to honor publications from the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.
WILPF at the United Nations
WILPF has had consultative status (category B) with the UN through the Economic and Social Council since 1948. WILPF also has Special Consultative Relations with the Food and Agricultural Organisation in Rome, the International Labour Organisation in Geneva and the United Nations Children's Fund in New York. WILPF is represented at UN headquarters in New York, in Geneva and in Paris.
The PeaceWomen Project
The PeaceWomen Project monitors and works toward rapid and full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. It is based in the WILPF UN Office in New York.
Reaching Critical Will is an initiative from the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom that started in 1999 with a single focus: to increase the quality and quantity of non-governmental organization preparation for and participation in the 2000 Review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. At that time, leaders in the peace and disarmament movements identified the need for a critical mass of political will to be exerted to encourage a positive outcome of the 2000 meeting of 187 governments. Since then, the initiative has expanded to provide primary resources and information around other disarmament fora, namely the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, and the General Assembly First Committee which is focused on Disarmament and International Security.