WILPF’s International Board Plans 2010 Meeting in India

WILPF’s International Board Plans 2010 Meeting in India
(Information on individual registration will be circulated to U.S. Section members when it is available.)

Preparations are underway for the next International Board (IB) Meeting of WILPF, scheduled to take place from 4 – 10 January 2010, at the Gandhi University (Gujarat Vidyapith) in Ahemedabad, India.
 
The Gandhi University has kindly agreed to host us for this meeting. The main campus of Gujarat Vidyapith is located on the Ashram Road, Ahmedabad. Spread over 21 acres of land, the main campus is known as "The Mahatma Gandhi Parisar".  More information about the university can be found at
http://www.gujaratvidyapith.org 

After several years of meeting in hotels and office buildings, it will be great for us to come together once more in a university setting.  However, there are some very strict rules that we will respect during our stay on campus, including: no alcohol, no meat, no smoking.  

In the past board members have brought some wine or whiskey to meetings, which will not be possible as we will be in a dry state.  There are a number of board members who smoke and this too will not be permitted on the campus.
 
In order to make this meeting a success, we must all work together for WILPF to raise the funds to be sure that everyone can participate.  Fundraising is ongoing now, and we must have the needed funds in the bank by the end of August in order to have the IB meeting in January.  It is vital that we all work together on gathering the funds needed so that this IB meeting can happen. Click here for more information on donating to support the IB meeting.        

Proposed Seminar: Non-violence Principle and South Asian Realities

The growing regional tensions in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka are one of the more serious situations in the world.  With nuclear armed India and Pakistan, ongoing civil strife in Sri Lanka and continued international military action in Afghanistan, how are current peace movements looking to address this situation?  What is the role of the United Nations and humanitarian organisations?  What is the situation on the ground in these regions- for refugees, for women? 
 
This seminar will examine some of the history of the region and will look at current efforts to build a just and sustainable peace in these countries.   The seminar itself will take place at the Gujarat Vidyapith, founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920.  It is a fitting setting to examine how the principles of non-violent resistance can be used to shift security paradigms from militarized security to holistic human security.

Proposed Workshop:  Strategic Planning and Campaign Building in a Digital Age

In an age of mass internet movements and technologic advances, this workshop will examine how WILPF is moving forward towards our 100th anniversary in the digital age.  Information technologies, from blogs to Facebook to Wiki, are changing the face of democracy activism, allowing more participatory, dialog-based approaches to cross-border work.  The Strategic Planning and Campaign Building workshop emerges from recognition that ongoing education in how individuals plan and implement global campaigns in the digital ages is necessary.
 
This workshop will examine how to implement WILPF’s programmatic priorities and intensify cross-border collaborations.  As WILPF currently has three international websites, and over a dozen national sites, this workshop will take the opportunity to discuss harmonizing and utilizing these tools to connect across language and cultures.
 

Proposed Workshop: Understanding and Acting: Women’s Human Rights Mechanisms

The goal of this workshop is to increase the understanding amongst WILPF members, and friends about existing mechanisms to promote and protect women’s human rights, including the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) and its Optional Protocol and UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820.

We often reference these tools without a full understanding of HOW we can use them in our daily work.  How does 1325 affect our communities?  How can we truly utilize CEDAW, and how can we work with others to help them understand?  How does CEDAW connect with other human rights mechanisms- including the Universal Declaration and the Covenants?  This workshop will examine case studies, based on the current situations of participants, as examples on how to use and implement these tools to further women’s human rights.

Gertrud Baer International Seminar

Every day women and men look at what is happening in the world and ask themselves, “what can I do?”  The Gertrud Baer seminar provides new activists an opportunity to answer that very question.
 
The seminar will give a brief introduction to WILPF, history and current programme.  It will also  provide an overview of the United Nations, how it operates and how to engage with it; a review of existing tools available from WILPF to engage on key issues, and; an examination of current political issues and methodologies to promote diplomatic engagement by national governments as opposed to military interventions.  Seminar participants will leave with additional tools and resources to further their local and national advocacy efforts as well as a better understanding of how to engage with WILPF.  

Draft International Board Meeting Agenda

3 January- Sunday  
9.00 – 18.00  Executive Committee Meeting
4 January- Monday  

9.00

Gertrud Baer Seminar
IB Registration Opens

16:00

IB Meeting Orientation
Reports of the Executive Committee & Discussion
Report of the Secretary General & Discussion
5 January - Tuesday  

9.30

 Workshop: Strategic Planning and Campaign Building in a Digital Age

13.00

 Lunch

14.30

 Workshop: Understanding and Acting: Women’s Human Rights Mechanisms

18.30

 Committee and Working Group Meetings
6 January - Wednesday  

9.30 

Seminar:  The Non-violence principle and South Asian Realities

13:00

Lunch

18:00

Seminar closes 

18:30

Committee and Working Group Meetings
7 January - Thursday   

9.00 

International Board meeting
Reports from any Fact Finding Missions 

10.00  

WILPF Programme 2007 – 2010 – discussions of the priorities brought forward by the working groups.
Challenging Militarism
- Peace and Security Working Group
- SCR 1325 Working Group 

11.00 

Strengthen Multilateralism
- UN Representatives
- Racism Working Group
- Peace and Security Working Group 

13:00 

Lunch 

14.00  

Investing in Peace
- Environment Working Group
- Global Economic Justice Working Group 

15.30 

Introduction of Resolutions

16.00 

Building WILPF- How are emerging sections being supported?  How can we work with existing sections who are having problems? 

16.45 

Political Discussion- WILPF Resolutions  
8 January - Friday   

9.00 

International Programme – Building WILPF
- 100th Anniversary – discussion of national action plans
- Organisational Development Committee
- Communications Committee
- Y- WILPF

11.30

 Regional Group Meetings
- Africa
- Americas
- Asia – Pacific
- Europe
- Middle East 

 13:00

 Lunch

14.15

 Financial Matters and Standing Finance Committee Report

16.00 

 Political Discussion – the Responsibility to Protect and WILPF  
9 January - Saturday  

 9.00

 Next Steps on the WILPF Programme- Refining Priorities, Making Commitments

 12.00

 Approve resolutions and statements 

 13.00

 Lunch & Closing

 14.00

 Executive Committee Meeting 
10 January- Sunday  
 9.00- 13.00  Executive Committee Meeting 

 

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