This month has been another busy one with the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the Open Security Council Debate on conflict-related Sexual Violence. We also saw the G-8 countries endorse a declaration on preventing sexual violence. On April 2nd, States (by majority, not consensus) adopted the first ever Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).
Gregory B. Jaczko read his parting call for phasing out nuclear power to NRC commissioners at a Vermont Yankee hearing in Brattleboro VT. WILPF women also continued to challenge nuclear power and the whole nuclear chain. In this photo WILPFers and friends wearing masks of ousted NRC chief
The Working Groups can establish sub-groups if they identify the need for that to make the work more effective. The members of the Working Groups should be prepared to spend a lot of time to ensure that the groups are effective and – in the end - contribute to the 100th anniversary with concrete, hands-on activities and outcomes.
The first CA Earth Democracy Tour Program, hosted by the Fresno Branch on Friday, March 22, World Water Day and Saturday, March 23, was an inspiring success.
Many WILPFers are active on multiple political, economic and cultural issues—yet they may not be active in WILPF. Also, some WILPFers want to be active, but they don't have the situation locally to do so. This is your invitation—no, your exhortation—to apply to become a national-level WILPF volunteer!
In WILPF on tax day, April 15, every member and every branch needs to find a way to speak out on shifting national spending from wars to human needs, rights and security.
Clacking castanets in Madrid’s central square, 74 international members of WILPF chanted “Peace and Freedom . . . No War . . . the World We Want!” The Spanish Section hosted February’s International Board meeting and choreographed our flash mob. Activists from 27 nations shared ideas and experiences during three days of intense work.
As part of an over 70 person delegation from 25 countries, WILPF brought 6 Local2Global and 15 Practicum in Advocacy participants to the 57th United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York this March, where the focus was the elimination of violence against women and girls.
Inspired after attending the Women’s Congress for Future Generations in Moab, Utah last September, Randa Solick, Mathilde Rand, Jean Hays, and Nancy Price, all from California, have launched the Earth Democracy California Tour to bring the concept of Guardianship for Future Generations and Rights and Responsibilities of Present Generations to the California WILPF Branches. Guardianship for Future Generations is the framing principle we are using to bring the work of Earth Democracy’s four sub-committees together.
In March, we expect to hear report backs from Jackie Cabasso and other US WILPFers who attended the March 2 and 3 Oslo meetings on nuclear weapons abolition and also the UN conference for governments and civil society representatives on Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear War.