Being a part of WILPF means being a part of a global network of women peace activists who are united by our shared goal of creating peace and freedom through women's empowerment and the elimination of militarization and violence. However, this unity does not mean we are all the same. Our shared goals are enriched by each WILPF section's unique local experience. This month, PeaceWomen's Abigail Ruane met with WILPF-Nepal members in Kathmandu as part of an exploratory trip to strengthen preparations for WILPF's 100th anniversary, and became a part of WILPF's longstanding tradition of growing stronger by sharing diverse experiences.
Ruane updated the section on PeaceWomen work and upcoming events, met with key partners, and explored opportunities to strengthen coordination of work to promote implementation of Nepal's 1325 National Action Plan (NAP). WILPF-Nepal President Neelam K.C and WILPF-International Board member Nirmala Sitoula provided a warm welcome, facilitated a range of informative dialogues between WILPF-Nepal members and local partners, and briefed Ruane about the section's UNSCR 1325 workshops and advocacy to ensure women's representation in government through the new constitution. The trip enabled a stronger understanding of work on both sides and the opportunities for engagement between them, and highlighted the importance of cultivating relationships among WILPF members to strengthen impact in promoting our goals of peace and freedom. As PeaceWomen works with governments including Nepal's to strengthen implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda through national mechanisms and financing, we look forward to working with our strong sections around the world to strengthen our impact worldwide.
Learn more about WILPF-Nepal and their work here.
To contribute your own stories about local WILPF section work on women, peace and security, contact our E-News Sub-Editor Isma Aslam here.