February 2012: WILPF Announcements and Job Opening
We want to hear from you! WILPF is constantly evolving, and your voice is important in shaping WILPF’s future.
It is with mixed feelings that WILPF U.S. will be saying farewell to our Director of Operations Laurie Belton at the end of April. Laurie has served WILPF well for over two years during which time she has grown personally close to many of us. We are sad to see her go, but are thrilled by the opportunity she’s been offered with D-tree International, a small non-profit that provides healthcare technology via smartphones to rural health care workers in developing countries. Laurie will be director of their operations in Africa and will be moving to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July. We thank her for her good work and wish her the very best in her new adventure.
The search for Laurie’s replacement is underway and we ask everyone’s help in identifying strong candidates for this important position. Read more.
The national board will be meeting twice this spring. The first meeting will be via conference call on Sunday, March 4 and will be focused on deliberating a set of by-law changes proposed by the ad hoc by-laws committee. The proposed changes deal with a number of things, including changes to the manner and timing of the election of board members. Please review the changes here and join us on the call. If you have comments on these that you’d like to offer prior to the board meeting, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dial up info for March 4
7:00–10:00 p.m. EST/4:00–7:00 p.m. PST
Dial up: 424/203-8075
Access Code: #944386
This call will be recorded to facilitate accurate minutes.
The national board will meet face to face in Pittsburgh, PA, on April 13-15. National board meetings are open to all WILPF members; please notify Laurie Belton at email@example.com or 617-266-0999 if you plan to attend so that we can be sure to have enough space and chairs available. There will be many items on the agenda for this meeting, including discussion of the New WILPF “Agenda for SCR 1325” document recently released by WILPF’s International Executive Committee.
You’ll be hearing more about this document and the effort to bring more coherence to WILPF sections’ work on Security Council Resolution 1325 National Action Plans. The essential question is: “how can our work with these National Action Plans, such as the United States National Action Plan on Women Peace and Security, stay focused on WILPF core values of preventing future wars by eliminating the root causes of war?” You can read more about WILPF’s ongoing work with SCR 1325 at www.wilpf.org/ahr and in the spring issue ofPeace and Freedom and, in the coming months, members of the Advancing Human Rights Issue Committee will be organizing national conference calls solely for the purpose of discussing how WILPF will move forward with its SCR 1325 advocacy work. Watch your email for more times, dates, and call in numbers.
In the spring of each year, many WILPF branches hold phone-a-thons or in other ways put the emphasis on renewals. Member dues are integrally important for sustaining WILPF’s independent voice, but WILPF offers so many ways to participate that go beyond just paying dues. We hope you’ll take advantage of some of them and keep talking to us about how we can further support your activism.
Laura H. Roskos
President, U.S. Section
WILPF seeks a highly skilled, mission-driven Director of Operations to manage the ongoing functions of the organization related to membership support and fundraising including the following:
As one half of the executive team, the DO will actively participate in problem solving for all areas, in collaboration with the National Director whose portfolio is program and development. This is a position based in Boston, MA, with the possibility of relocation. The DO reports to the National Board, comprised of volunteers located throughout the U.S., and staffs the finance, development, and personnel committees. Read more.