The PeaceWomen initiatives & Events Section is a space to share PeaceWomen’s ongoing actions, activities, events and campaigns.
November 2, 2012
Representation/Participation, Women Organizing for Peace Country:
A panel discussion on women's participation in the peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) took place in the UN Church Building on Friday, November 2, 2012.
General Women, Peace and Security - General, Violence Against Women - General Region:
16 Days of Action against Gender Violence is a annual global campaign initiated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL). In 2012 the 16 Days will take place between November 25th to December 10th, 2012.http://www.peacewomen.org/assets/file/wilpf_clean.gif
July 2 - 27, 2012
Negotiations for the Arms Trade Treaty will take place July 2-27, 2012 in New York.
March 09, 2012
Security Council Resolution 1325 Region:
The 56th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place at United Nations Headquarters in New York Monday, 27 February to Friday, 9 March 2012. This session focused on the theme of "the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges." WILPF members from several sections participated, including Pakistan, Japan, Nigeria, U.S., Sweden and Lebanon. During this year's CSW, WILPF was active at numerous events and actively voiced its ongoing recommendations for a holistic approach to conflict prevention, by way of statements and through advocacy efforts. PeaceWomen/WILPF also monitored events and resources specifically related to the women,peace and security agenda.
8 March 2011
General Women, Peace and Security, Region:
WILPF statement on the occasion of the 101th International Women's Day, 8 March 2012
16 Days of Action against Gender Violence is a annual global campaign initiated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL). In 2011 the 16 Days took place between November 25th to December 10th, 2011.
Political Participation Country:
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Amidst bitter political fighting on the U.S. budget, a bi-partisan Congressional coalition came together today to unite on a solution to the crisis in eastern Congo. Thirty-five members of Congress from both parties, led by Don Payne (D-NJ) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), wrote to President Obama today to urge the administration to appoint a Special Envoy for Congo and the Great Lakes region.This letter comes just at the right time. Having just returned from Congo, I saw that the need for an envoy is greater than ever. Just four days ago, Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson stated: “We have heard numerous calls for the appointment of a roving special envoy, but we believe for a variety of reasons that our ambassadors and their embassy teams in Kinshasa, Kigali, and other capitals are in a strong position to tackling these problems."
October 18, 2011
On Friday the 14th of October, "The Whistleblower" was screened at UN Headquarters, followed by a panel discussion on sexual exploitation in post-conflict situations. The movie deals with the alleged sexual trafficking of women by UN peacekeepers in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the late 1990's. Speakers at the panel included Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Susana Malcorra, Under-Secretary-General for Field Support; Larysa Kondracki, Director and Co-writer of “The Whistleblower”; Kiyotaka Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information; José Luis Cancela, Permanent Representative of Uruguay to the UN; Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and former Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and Ann-Marie Orler, UN Police Adviser and Director of the Police Division in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
"The Whistleblower" was screened in the UN Headquarters only after consistent pressure from the director and others. Hundreds of UN staff, diplomats and civil society watched the film and attended the panel discussion. Madeleine, the Secretary General of WILPF, spoke honestly and frankly about sexual exploitation and abuse and trafficking and how to move forward. Larysa (the director) delivered one of the most refreshingly direct statements inside the UN.
August 09, 2011
From July 30 until August 6 2011, women from around the world gathered together for the WILPF International Congress in San José, Costa Rica. WILPF – the oldest women's peace organisation in the world – will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015 when women peace activists will meet in The Hague again to honour and reaffirm the work and principles of their foremothers in promoting peace. This meeting in Costa Rica was the last official Congress - the highest decision making body of WILPF and the final authority - before the centennial event. Over 120 peace women travelled from twenty-four countries to discuss the theme "Women, Peace and Security – Transforming the agenda" and the work of WILPF members, sections and international.
June 13, 2011
Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Violence Against Women - General Region:
We, feminist activists from 12 countries, stand in support of our sisters and brothers peacefully demonstrating for basic rights in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.