Fact Sheet: About WILPF

  • The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is the oldest women peace organisation in the world. It was founded in 1915, when 1,300 women from a diversity of cultures and languages came together in The Hague during the First World War. They issued resolutions for peace and sent out delegations to most countries engaged in the conflict.
  • Two Nobel Peace Prize winners within WILPF’s history: Jane Addams, WILPF’s International President, was awarded the prize in 1931. Emily Greene Balch, WILPF’s first International Secretary, was also presented with the award in 1946.
  • The organisation currently has 33 National Sections in every continent, an International Secretariat in Geneva, and a New York office.
  • At the international level, WILPF has four programmes:
    • Women, Peace and Security programme
    • Disarmament programme
    • Human Rights programme
    • Crisis Response programme, which has three active projects: MENA Agenda 1325 project, Women Organising for Change in Bosnia and Syria project and Ukraine project.
  • WILPF’s vision: WILPF envisions a world free from violence and armed conflict in which human rights are protected and women and men are equally empowered and involved in positions of leadership at the local, national and international levels.
  • WILPF’s mission is to end and prevent war, ensure that women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process, defend the human rights of women, and promote social, economic and political justice.
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