We are looking for a WILPF-US Representative to the US Social Forum (USSF)'s National Planning Committee. WILPF-US has had a representative on the NPC, the decision-making body of the organization, since the first USSF in 2007.
The Drones Quilt Project was created as a way to acknowledge the deaths caused by these drones, and to memorialize the victims. Participants in the Drones Quilt Project are asked to make a quilt block, containing the name of a drone victim. Blocks are also made to remember the unidentified victims through the words “Unnamed Woman,” “Beloved Grandfather,” “Cherished Daughter,” or something similar.
The WILPF Practicum in Advocacy is a one-week program that brings US college and graduate women to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Students learn about human rights principles, methodologies, and the UN system. As delegates of WILPF, they become familiar with WILPF's advocacy work and gain insight and experience in international human rights work through official UN and WILPF events, and both formal and informal encounters with activists and NGOs from around the world.
It is very exciting to announce The Global Climate Convergence, a new national and international campaign that is “springing up” just in time for WILPF members, Branches and friends to join the Call to Action for Earth Day to May Day, 10 Days to Change Course.
Advancing Human Rights Issues Committee’s Human Trafficking Subcommittee leads WILPF US in coalition on Super Bowl Sunday “Intercept Human Trafficking” anti-human trafficking campaign for 2014 - News about President Obama’s Proclamation declaring January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2014.
In January we continue our campaign for Nuclear Weapons Abolition by 2020. Alice Slater and Jackie Cabasso will be available to meet with WILPF branches and their communities on our legislative agenda including finding more co-sponsors for HR 1650 and promoting the US Conference of Mayors Resolution for nuclear weapons abolition by 2020. Jackie can also explain and promote planned UN negotiations or a Middle East WMD Free Zone.
Can you make a last minute gift to support women’s peacebuilding in the coming year? 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.
Code Pink organized the weekend meeting on weaponized drones, attended by over 300 people, with five WILPFers among them. Panels included speakers who presented information on the legal questions regarding drone use in warfare, guests from Yemen who reported on the effects of drone attacks in their communities, even though the US is not at “war” with Yemen.
Two WILPF women are now returning from the Haifa, Israel and the International Conference for a Middle East Free of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Odile Hugonot-Haber, representing the Middle East (ME) Issue Committee, and Jackie Cabasso, representing DISARM/End Wars, will be available to WILPF-US Branches and their communities with action tools for all of us in the months ahead.