Give Today for Tomorrow's PeacekeepersPublished on December, 20 2013
Can you make a last minute gift to support women’s peacebuilding in the coming year?
Please join candidates for the WILPF 2014 Board of Directors for a “virtual meet and greet” via conference call on February 2, 1 p.m. PST/4 p.m. EST. No pre-registration necessary, just dial-up 862-902-0100; when prompted, enter access code 848602. This call will be moderated; press 5* when you want to ask the host to let you speak.
WILPF Secretary General Madeleine Rees reports that our Geneva team’s efforts to ensure Syrian women’s full participation in upcoming peace talks are bearing fruit. WILPF’s focus has been on behind the scenes advocacy with international leaders and on building the capacity of Syrian women’s civil society organizations to take on leadership roles in post-conflict peacebuilding.
You support WILPF because you know that the expertise women peacemakers have developed over decades is needed to end today’s wars, wherever they occur.
You support WILPF because you appreciate how WILPF’s international network helps hold the world together, even when it appears to be coming apart at the seams.Over the past few weeks, as brutal violence has erupted in South Sudan, WILPF women have remembered their friendship with Khadija Hussien, founder of Sudanese Mothers for Peace, who briefed us on her work at an Advancing Women as Peacemakers event in March 2010. The tension rose during the question and answer period following her talk when WILPF’s Peacewomen Project Director Marie Butler asked the Sudanese ambassador present in the audience to go on the record with a commitment to end impunity for perpetrators of sexual violence in Darfur.
At its January 20 meeting, the WILPF national board will be discussing the adoption of a policy governing access to members’ contact information. We’d like the draft policy to be informed by the actual opinions and preferences of WILPF members. If you are a WILPF member, please take 5 minutes to fill out the on-line survey on Member Privacy Rights at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WILPFmemberprivacysurvey
On December 17, the Berkeley (CA) City Council unanimously adopted a resolution drafted by WILPF member Phoebe Sorgen calling upon the United Nations to appoint an International Independent Commission of Experts to formulate an emergency plan to reduce the release of Fukushima Daiichi radiation and upon the California Department of Health to take measures to educate about and mitigate the elevated risks of radiation exposure from seafood and other Pacific basin products.
You support WILPF because you take an active role in shaping a society that honors the interconnections among all beings and protects the rights of future generations, and of the earth itself. Please support WILPF with a year-end gift today!
The new year with its new moon is upon us. Consistent with this time of regeneration, over the next 18 months, you’ll be hearing more and more about WILPF’s transformative efforts to build peace around the world and to sustain its efficacy in a rapidly changing world through innovative campaigns and path-breaking tools, like the Peacewomen mobile app launched earlier this month. There is no peace advocacy organization that can stretch your contribution further.
Thank you for the financial support that makes all these efforts possible!