PeaceWomen Mission and Strategy

The PeaceWomen Programme was founded by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) in 2000 to work on ensuring women's rights and participation are not disregarded in international peace and security efforts. PeaceWomen monitors, informs, and advocates for women's rights and participation in conflict situations and promotes gender analysis in conflict prevention.

Based in the New York Office of WILPF, PeaceWomen facilitates monitoring of the United Nations (UN) system, with a particular focus on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. This agenda is a pioneering UN Security Council policy framework including resolutions 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), and 2122 (2013). 

As part of WILPF, the PeaceWomen Programme promotes a progressive gender-perspective in preventing conflict and creating peace through women's full and equal participation  and bridging global and local efforts to implement a holistic and transformative Women, Peace, and Security agenda.

PeaceWomen implements our mission by focusing on seven core areas of action:

  • Monitoring the UN Security Council's implementation of Women, Peace and Security through Security Council Monitor;
  • Monitoring Member States and the UN system's implementation of SCR 1325 through National Action Plan and UN Monitor;
  • Providing a comprehensive online source on Women, Peace, and Security at peacewomen.org
  • Supporting and working with WILPF members and partners around the world, particularly in conflict affected settings;
  • Advocating for the rapid and full implementation of SCR 1325 and related resolutions (SCR 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122)
  • Promoting local ownership and awareness of the resolutions. PeaceWomen's translation initiative hosts 100+ translations of SCR 1325.

 

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an ECOSOC accredited non-governmental organization, the longest standing women's peace group in the world. It was founded in April 1915, in the Hague, the Netherlands, by some 1300 women from Europe and North America, from countries at war against each other and neutral ones, who came together in a Congress of Women to protest the killing and destruction of the war then raging in Europe.

Since 1915, WILPF has brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace and non-violent means and promoting political, economic, and social justice for all. The approach is always non-violent, and we use existing international legal and political framework to achieve fundamental change in the way states conceptualize and address issues of gender, militarism, peace and security. 


WILPF's aims and principles are:

  • To end and prevent war
  • To ensure that women represented at all levels in the peace-building process
  • Defend the human rights of women
  • Promote social, economic, and political justice