WILPF is a membership-led organisation. Its highest decision-making body is the International Congress, which meets every third year to discuss the work of WILPF and set the policies and direction of WILPF.
Members either join one of the 38 WILPF National Sections or 9 National Groups, or become international members if no National Section or Group is present in their countries. The work of WILPF National Sections and Groups is based on the aims and principles of WILPF and the International Programme adopted by the International Congress.
Between Congresses, WILPF’s International Board is responsible for the overall governance of WILPF and for WILPF achieving its aims and principles. The International Board also ensures that the decisions adopted by the Congress are implemented. The International Board is composed of the President, two Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer, and one Regional Representative or one alternate Regional Representative for each region (currently Africa, Asia Pacific, South Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Americas). The Secretary-General is also part of the International Board, but in a non-voting advisory role.
WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.
International Board Members 2018-2021
Joy Ada Onyesoh, President
Margrethe Tingstad, Vice-President
Melissa Torres, Vice-President
Kerry McGovern, Treasurer
Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo, Africa Regional Representative
Olivia Oseji, Africa Alternate Regional Representative
Beatriz Schulthess, Americas Regional Representative
Janet Slagter, Americas Alternate Regional Representative
Kozue Akibayashi, Asia Pacific Regional Representative
Janette McLeod, Asia Pacific Regional Alternate Representative
Heidi Meinzolt, Europe Regional Representative
Lina Hjärtström, Europe Alternate Regional Representative
Shirine Jurdi, MENA Regional Representative
Hanan Awwad, MENA Alternate Regional Representative
Jamila Afghani, South Asia Regional Representative
Zarina Salamat, South Asia Alternate Regional Representative
Madeleine Rees, Secretary-General