Written by: Sandra Neuman
The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) participated in this year's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) with over 75 participants from all over the world. WILPF participants included members and partners from a wide range of countries, namely: Australia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Colombia, Eritrea, France, India, Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and across the USA, fostering local and global dialogue.
WILPF held and co-sponsored 10 events in total during this year's CSW. Our panels showcased the powerful voices of women working for peace, disarmament and women's rights from around the world. WILPF's Secretary General, Madeleine Rees, spoke at many of our events stressing that there can be no development without disarmament and reiterating the importance of having women's participation in peace negotiations for sustainable and long-lasting peace. “When women are not represented in peace processes, it is a failure. It is absolutely vital to include women in peace negotiations”, said Madeleine Rees discussing the situation in Syria.
WILPF's PeaceWomen team (Maria Butler, Abigail Ruane, Cristina Chahine, Sandra Neuman, and Shafferan Sonneveld) monitored over 60 events during this year's CSW. Stay tuned for the CSW58 PeaceWomen Summary Report! For more information on WILPF and CSW please visit our PeaceWomen website.
Quote: “We must move past the medieval narrative that peace is only possible by negotiations among male war-makers.” – Secretary General Madeleine Rees at WILPF CSW58 event: From Bosnia to Syria: Women Organizing for Peace, Rights and Accountability.
Quote: “Gender equality is not a woman's issue – it is an issue for all.” – Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (UN Women Executive Director) at CSW58 event: Engaging Men and Boys to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls.
Quote: “Peace without women is never real peace.” – Nawal Yazeji, (Syrian Women's League), at WILPF CSW58 event: Women, Peace and Security: Participation in Peace Processes.
Some Overarching Messages from CSW 58 Events