WILPF Historical Timeline

1915
The Hague Congress: suffragist women demand an end to WWI
1919
The Zurich Confrence: WILPF denounces the Treaty of Versailles as creating the conditions for future war
1922
Conference for a New Peace held at The Hague, calls for the convening of a World Congress to draw up a new agreement for genuine peace
1924
Campaign mobilizes scientists to refuse to engage in war research
1926
Mission to Haiti to investigate the effects of the occupation by the U.S. Marines
1927
Mission to Indochina and China to establish and strengthen links with women
1931
Jane Addams, one of WILPF's founding mothers is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and is declared "The most dangerous woman in America" by the FBI
1932
WILPF collects six million signatures in the World Disarmament Petition delivered to the World Disarmament Conference in Geneva
1945
As one of the founding NGOs, WILPF attends the first U.N. Conference in San Francisco, promoting world security that is based on freedom and justicenot military power and prestige
1946
Emily Greene Balch, WILPF's first International Secretary is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1958
Women's mission to the Middle East to investigate conditions
1961
Pioneers the first of a series of U.S.Soviet Women's Seminars to help break down the cold war barriers
1969
Sponsors an international conference to end chemical and biological warfare
1970
InterAmerican Women's Conference in Bogota, Colombia
1971
Women from North and South Vietnam sign the Women's Peace Treaty while International WILPF President Kay Camp and Madame Ngo Bataan travel through Vietnam together to help promote healing and an end to the Vietnam War
1973
Mission to Chile to investigate human rights violations
1974
Delegation to Northern Ireland to investigate the situation and help promote forces working for a peaceful solution of the conflict
1975
WILPF convenes Women's Disarmament Conference at the U.N. in N.Y.
1981
Establishes the Gertrude Baer Internships for young women to learn about lobbying and participating in the U.N. Confrences in Geneva and NY
1982
STAR Campaign to Stop The Arms Race brings a million signatures on a petition for disarmament to the U.N. Disarmament Conference
1983
Mass rally in Brussels demanding that NATO cancel the deployment of Cruise and Pershing Missiles in Western Europe
1984
WILPF launches a worldwide campaign for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Helps to Establish the Seneca Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Social Justice
1985
Creates and hosts the Peace Tent at the U.N. Third World Women's Conference in Nairobi, Kenya Publication of the Women's Budget that demonstrates how our inflated military budget denies basic human needs
1990
Launches a worldwide Women vs. Violence campaign to confront violence from the interpersonal to the international Women's Treaty of The Americas signed at WILPF International Congress in Bolivia
1992
Women's delegation to Cuba investigates the effects of the U.S. blockade on women and children on the island
1993
Campaign for the International Court of Justice to declare rape a wartime crime in response to the violence of the wars in Haiti and Bosnia
1994
Clothesline Projects that highlight the prevalence and effects of violence against women are held by WILPF branches Acts as an Official Observer Mission to monitor elections in South Africa Launches the "Practice Anti-Racism" Campaign to redress local racist incidents
1995
Peace Trains exploring peace and justice issues travel from Helsinki to Beijing and around the world Hosts the Peace Tent at the Fourth World Womens NGO Conference in Huairou, China, with other peace groups and delivers the Peace Caucus address to the Governmental Conference in Beijing
1996
Peace Trains throughout the United States
1997
Symposium on Truth and Reconciliation
1998
International WILPF Congress held in Baltimore, MD, focusing on effects of globalization on women worldwide
1998
Legislative Office opened; WILPF re-establishes a presence in Washington, D.C.
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