Initiatives and Events

Join the movement! In April 2015, WILPF will commemorate a century of women’s peace activism with a “Women’s Power to Stop War” peace conference in the Hague.

By joining the movement, you will be part of an international community of courageous activists, who believe conflicts and wars cannot be stopped without the participation of women – and that it is time to use our power to stop militarism and war and create peace and gender justice. Together, we will connect, strengthen and celebrate the work of women peacemakers all over the world, and forge a new peace agenda for the 21st century.

Find more information on the WILPF 100 anniversary here or register for the conference at:


Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Episode 2: Disarmament in Africa, A Feminist Perspective

Feb 20, 2014

The third episode of WILPF’s Women's Power to Stop War Series tackles the topic of Disarmament in Africa from a Gender Perspective, particularly in Nigeria. Joy Onyesoh discusses issues of Human Security in the context of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, including the topic of food security in Africa.  

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Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Episode 3: Translating International Law to Grassroots Activism
May 3, 2014
In the third episode of our Women's Power to Stop War Series, Vanessa Farr takes on four major international instruments; Security Council Resolutions 1325, 2122, the Arms Trade Treaty and the new CEDAW General Recommendation 30.

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WSW Webinar Series: Episode 4: Sexual Violence in Conflict

June 5, 2014

In our fourth episode Professor Janie Leatherman discusses the causes and consequences of sexual violence in contemporary armed conflict. She addresses the new trends in conflict-related sexual violence and arising challenges in humanitarian responses, reflecting on current strategies of prevention, protection, and caring.

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WSW Webinar Series: Episode 5: Political Economy of Violence against Women

August 21, 2014 - August 21, 2014

Professor Jacqui True outlines a feminist political economy approach that helps to identify the linkages between sexual and gender-based violence against women, gender inequalities and the global/regional structural processes that exacerbate violence and conflict. She also shows that these structures are modifiable and policy changes could be devised to significantly reduce incidence of sexual and gender based violence  in both ‘peaceful’ and conflict-affected societies.

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WSW Webinar Series: Episode 6: Gender, Violence and the State in Asia

October 9, 2014

Assistant Professor Amy Barrow examines how the perpetuation of gender-based violence is often shaped by distinct cultural norms, laws and policies, using examples from within Asia. The webinar considers how States in Asia have responded to international legal instruments including CEDAW and the Security Council Resolution 1325.

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WSW Webinar Series: Episode 7: Men, Masculinities and Militarism

November 26, 2014

In this webinar, Claire Duncanson, Lecturer International Relations at the University of Edinburgh, discusses the role of men and masculinities in sustaining militarism and war. The particular focus is on the challenges-both theoretical and practical-of transforming militarised masculinities as one crucial route to achieving peace and security.

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Regional Conference in Chad on ''Promotion of women's participation in conflict prevention mechanisms, research, consolidation and peacekeeping'':

September 8, 2014

The regional conference on the promotion of women's participation in conflict prevention mechanisms, research, consolidation and maintenance of peace in Central Africa and the Sahelian region took place in N'Djamena - Chad, from September 2 to 5, 2014. The goal of the conference was the launch of a high-level advocacy for the promotion of African women’s participation in decision-making on peace and security. Specific objectives included improving and enhancing the knowledge of the participants on the issues and challenges of peace in Central Africa and the Sahelian region, analyze responses, systems and initiatives to combat security threats and mainly examine the role and contribution of women in peace initiatives.

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Congratulations Secretary General, WILPF Madeleine Rees on Receiving the Award of The Order of the British Empire for Services for Human Rights

June 16, 2014

Congratulations to Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, on receiving an extraordinary honor of Officer of The Order of the British Empire for her work on women's rights, international peace and security and her contribution to the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. This amazing recognition is well deserved!

Read the press release and find out more about other amazing individuals whom have also been recognized for their work here>>


WSW Webinar Series: Women’s Power to Stop War Webinar Episode 1

November 27, 2013

In this webinar, Cynthia Enloe, a Research Professor at Clark University and an engaged WILPF member, introduces the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, brings a feminist perspective and discusses the relevance to anti-militaristic politics of 1915 to 2015. Cynthia is a pioneer in the field of feminist international relations.

Watch the webinar here>>