WILPF representatives were very pleased with the opportunity to be active participants at AWID 2012 International Forum: Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women's Rights and Justice, holding a session on women's security and militarism “From the Beijing Platform to Resolution 1325 - military expenditure and its consequences for women's security”.
WILPF was represented at AWID by the Secretary General Madeleine Rees, personnel from the New York, Geneva, and Sweden offices and representatives from the national sections in Colombia, Costa Rica, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Pakistan.
WILPF was very visible at the Forum running a session focused on Challenging Militarism. In addition, Annie Matambu, President of WILPF DRC participated in the solidarity roundtable: Using Economic Power to Promote Changein Conflict Zones: Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo and was a panelist for the In-Depth Session on Militarism, Violence and Conflict, a forum focusing on discussing ideas and strategies to move the Women, Peace and Security agenda forward. In addition, the President of WILPF Pakistan participated in the panel discussion following the screening of the movie I Came to Testify.
An information booth was set up by WILPF members in order to provide information on the organization to other women activists participating in the Forum. The booth provided an excellent networking opportunity for WILPF representatives and was a great success.