Celebrating 100 years of peacebuilding from a gender perspectiveTo commemorate its 100 year anniversary, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is hosting the WILPF 2015 Conference: Women’s Power to Stop War. This international peace conference, including Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee and many other peacebuilders, will take place from 27-29 April at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands, renowned as the international city of peace and justice.
The Women’s Power to Stop War conference is part of the global Anniversary Movement of WILPF, the oldest women’s peace organisation, which will connect, strengthen and celebrate the work of women peacemakers across the world. The conference brings together an estimated 1,300 peace activists focusing on a new peacebuilding agenda for the 21st century.
Ingrid van Engelshoven, Deputy Mayor for International Affaires: “The commitment to peace and justice is inherent to our city. Every day people work together to achieve this at the 160 international organisations that are based here. The position of The Hague as legal capital of the world also attracts congresses and conferences to our city. The Hague is also proud to provide a venue for reflection on peace issues. I am therefore thrilled that the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has once again chosen The Hague to host this important conference.”
This peace conference is the first of its kind in 100 years. In 1913, the WILPF’s founding women came together in The Hague to unite powers and protest the horrors of World War I. A wide breadth of civil society individuals and organisational representatives will attend this year, including Leymah Gbowee and five other Nobel Peace Laureates, first UN Special Representative on Violence Against Women Radhika Coomaraswamy, feminist academics as well as women from many conflict zones.
Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the WILPF: “A radical shift in the approach to peace is necessary. First we have to believe in it and not make war and violence just more manageable. Second we have to build inclusive investment into sustaining peace, placing human rights, the environment and justice – in particular economic and social – at the core of policy making and address inequalities. We can only do this with real and inclusive participation – by all of us.”