IPB World Congress


WILPF will be participating in the International Peace Bureau's Wold Congress taking place in Berlin, 30 September - 03 October 2016. Below is a list of our events. Join us and be part of the conversation!


Biodiversity and Food Security  

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), NorwayWorkshop aims to show that importance of biodiversity in sustaining human lives requires constant attention. For many women, biodiversity is the cornerstone of their work, belief systems and basic survival. They take responsibility providing nutritious food for families. Women farmers have been responsible for the improvement and adaptation of many plant varieties, but their role in agro-biological diversity is not fully recognized. They have limited rights to land and decision making. Their empowerment and self-reliance must go hand-in-hand with the fostering of a responsible biodiversity.


Examples of NATO-opposition in Northern Europe

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Norway, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Finland and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Scotland. The workshop focuses on the opposition to NATO through 3 specific country examples. Scotland: movement against NATO for the global nuclear ban, the UK Brexit and its implications. Norway: criticism of the lack of NATO openness and transparency, the development of an army, and the increasing military activity in Northern Norway close to the Russian border. In Finland, which is not a NATO member, there is a strong opposition against an eventual membership but the so-called “host agreement” that has large implication for the country that was accepted without an open democratic discussion.


(In-)visible, (in-)secure, (in-)dependent -The future through the prism of women resistance 

Transform Europe / Change4all and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

The refugee policy crisis is not gender neutral. This WS will tackle women refugees in a broader context: women as political subjects who face and fight multiple discrimination and forms of physical and structural violence, in their countries of origin, on the flight and in the receiving countries. Their role in our societies and position in conflict solutions, the often invisibility, insecurity and dependency in patriachic androcentric societies everywhere will be discussed as well as the possible common demands of women and feminist activists transnationally and the future cooperation possibilities.


 Plenary strategic approach 

“From Game of Thrones to Trump - the problems of patriarchy and the responses of feminism”, Madeleine Rees


Arms Transfers and Gender-based Violence: Human rights beyond borders

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF).The panel aims at presenting a gendered perspective on the irresponsible arms trade by providing examples of how violations of Article 7(4) of the ATT negatively affect human rights. It also seeks to present the findings of a recent report published by Reaching Critical Will, which provides tools and guidelines for effective implementation of the ATT and UNPoA , as well as to link the action of arms transfers and the effects of this on GBV.


Promoting a Culture of Peace 

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Ghana, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Norway, Norwegian Peace Council, WILPF Ghana will describe project about Educating for Peace of students on active listening, dialogue, mediation, and cooperative learning. The key message is that a culture of peace and non-violence goes to the substance of fundamental human rights: social justice, democracy, literacy, respect and dignity for all, equality between men and women, and the preservation of the natural environment. WILPF Norway will look at culture of peace as basis for an alternative strategy to provide human security. The Norwegian Peace Council will give final remarks and some ideas for the way forward. Ayo Ayoola-Amale, WILPFGhana Liss Schanke, WILPF Norway, Bitte Vatvedt, Norwegian Peace Council


The Refugee Crisis is not Gender Neutral: What can we do? 

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Norway, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Denmark. This workshop on Sunday will be a follow up of the Saturday workshop titled ("In-) visible, (in-)secure, (in-)dependent.-the future through the prism of women resistance". Our aim is to be as specific as possible about the actions in the particular situation of women refugees, i.e. exposure to trafficking, robbery and smuggling as they cross borders. Answering question on “What can be done by a) governments b) local authorities c) the civil society?


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