WILPF's mission, values, and strategy were particularly related to this year's 16 Days Campaign theme, “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”
Given the direct link between this year's 16 Days theme and WILPF's work and vision, commitment and participation in the 2011 campaign was incredibly powerful. From Kinshasa to Geneva to Bogotá, WILPF sections successfully organized and participated in a variety of inspiring and strategic activities, all uniting to "challenge militarism and violence against women at home and during conflict”. Success was reported among from our 17 WILPF sections around the world (in all regions) who participated in the campaign.
Activities in the DRC where, despite the threat of violence, the newest WILPF section displayed courage in addressing women's issues and peace. This section held seminars regarding women's empowerment and violence against women. Many participated in these seminars including WILPF members, candidates for political office, and local women committed to creating peace in their communities long disturbed by violence.
WILPF-NIGERIA, pictured here, reported a lively discussion on the topic of women, peace, and security.
Summary by Dominique Lardner