The Swedish Section of WILPF was founded at the end of 1919 and named Internationella Kvinnoförbundet för Fred och Frihet (IKFF). Today, WILPF Sweden has about 800 members and 8 local branches around the country with their own local activities. The national office, situated in Stockholm, has 5 employees and 2 interns every semester. WILPF Sweden is involved in a variety of different projects focused on disarmament, conflict prevention, and women peace & security through lobbying, information and advocacy. WILPF Sweden cooperates closely on capacity building and advocacy with a number of other WILPF sections in conflict and post conflict settings. It also collaborates with other Swedish and international organisations through networks in both women’s movement and the peace movement.
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History of WILPF Sweden
In June 1915, inspired by the Hague Congress, women at 343 locations in Sweden arranged “Peace Sundays”, a day dedicated to talks of peace.
On this day, although Swedish female citizens did not yet have the right to vote (suffrage was only granted in 1921), 88 734 women joined a resolution which emphasized women’s important role in conflict resolution and in influencing the society in the future.
Four Years Later
At the end of 1919, the Swedish section of WILPF was finally constituted and named Internationella Kvinnoförbundet för Fred och Frihet (IKFF).
26 branches across the country, in addition to the main office in Stockholm, were formed with Matilda Widegren appointed president.
Conference Sets a New Agenda
In 1925, scientist and peace activist, Naima Sahlbom, wrote a plea to protest against the misuse of science.
This appeal, signed by WILPF Sweden, pointed out that future wars would primarily affect civilians and thus it was unworthy of research to produce chemical weapons that could affect the general population.
Following this appeal, WILPF Sweden convened a conference of experts on modern methods of warfare.
This conference, which took place in Frankfurt, Germany, was supported by respected scientists and military personnel and got the attention of major newspapers from around the world such as the English Times.
The Great Peace Journey
“The Great Peace Journey”, the largest campaign in WILPF’s history, was a Swedish initiative launched in 1984.
After three years of preparations, the campaign, composed by delegations of women from different continents with different nationalities, visited UN governments to ask them what they thought about peace.
The ‘Kvinna till Kvinna’ Foundation
After the wars on Balkan began in the early 1990’s, the Swedish peace and women’s movement came together in 1993 which resulted in the formation of the Kvinna till Kvinna foundation.
In 1995, Kvinna till Kvinna began to work through a single first field office in Split, Croatia. However, as of today, the foundation now has several offices located in the Balkans, Middle East, Southern Caucasus, and African Continent.
WILPF Sweden and the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society are both responsible for appointing Kvinna till Kvinna’s Board of Directors.
WILPF Sweden today
WILPF Sweden has about 750 members and 8 local branches around the country with their own local activities.
The national office, situated in Stockholm, has 4 employees and about 3 interns every semester.
WILPF Sweden is involved in a variety of different projects focused on disarmament, women, and peace & security through lobbying, information and advocacy. It also collaborates with other organizations through networks in both women’s movement and the peace movement.
There is a growing interest for WILPF in Sweden, especially evident among young female university students.
- Challenge militarism
- Invest in peace
- Strengthen multilateralism
- Strengthen the organisation locally, nationally and internationally
113 45 Stockholm
Tel: +46 (0)8 702 98 10
Email: info (a) ikff.se