WILPF Germany, otherwise known as Internationale Frauenliga für Frieden und Freiheit (IFFF), was founded in 1919, only four years after the creation of WILPF International.
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In 1919, Anita Augspurg, Lida G. Heymann, Constanze Hallgarten, Gertrud Baer, Magda Hoppstock-Huth, Auguste Kirchhoff and Frida Perlen, the same women who had been active from the very beginning of WILPF came together to create WILPF Germany.
Amongst the political atmosphere of nationalism and militarization in Germany during the 1920s, WILPF emerged as a radical peace and feminist organization – and was very successful.
Until 1928 more than 2,000 women gathered in 80 branches for political and equitable participation, claiming peaceful solutions in the process of ongoing conflicts and enduring peace and freedom.
As Nazi-terror gripped Germany, critical political engagement became more and more dangerous. Peace organizations such as WILPF Germany were prohibited and the activists faced prosecution and detention. Many emigrated as a result.
Given the devastated country and its political morale in 1945, Magda Hoppstock-Huth, a survivor of Nazi-imprisonment, started to reorganize the German section.
Soon again there were WILPF activities in many towns, and many new branches emerged.
‘Nie wieder Krieg’ (Never again war) and No re-militarization of Germany were some of the main aspects of their work.
But it did not take long before anti-communistic persecution captured the peace movement – and a great number of activists retired during the Cold War period. Only the strongest WILPF Germany branches continued working.
WILPF Germany Today
In the present day, WILPF Germany questions decisions concerning the arms race and women’s political power worldwide, as well as the implementation of UN Resolution 1325.
- Women and Peace / Implementation of the UN-Security Council Resolution 1325 / Cooperation in the steering group of the German Women Security Council.
- Challenge militarism. Civil Conflict Resolution.
- Human Rights, particularly against racism, poverty and gender inequalities.
- Trafficking of women and sexual violence committed against women.
- Middle East.
Address: Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte, Greifswalder Str. 4
10405 Berlin, Germany
Email: info (a) wilpf.de
President: Irmgard Hofer
Vice-President: Helga Kröger
Secretary: Beate Ziegler
IB: Heidi Meinzolt (and EU-coordinator)