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Recent Branch Actions

Sheffield and Orpington Branches have been busy taking action for our Challenge Militarism: Invest in Peace campaign.

Sheffield took a message of support to the Occupy Sheffield camp recently.  They were delighted to receive it and are displaying it on their marquee, seen by many passers by.  The Branch  has found some new supporters at the camp and hope they will get involved with WILPF.

Members ran a stall at the annual Peace and Craft Fair on 12 November, gettihg a lot of signatures to a letter on the need to switch spending from militarism to to avoid the proposed cuts in welfare provsion and public pensions, which were semt to the Prime Minister.Orpington Branch had a stall in Orpington High Street on Friday 25th the UN Day starting the 16 days of action “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”.  Six members and supporters gave out 400 of the attached leaflet and took signatures on the attached letter linking violence against women and militarism, addressed to David Cameron.   On  Saturday the remaining leaflets and the letters to a Common Cause event (Congolese women) for the 16 Days of Action where I was able to talk about WILPF and get more letters signed.  Altogether around 50 letters will be posted to David Cameron this week.

WILPF United to Campaign for the 16 Days of Activism

“From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”

WILPF sections and members around the world today – November 25 – engage in collective activism demonstrating our roots as one global women’s peace movement by our united participation in the global 16 Days Campaign.

The 2011 theme of the 16 day campaign “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!” directly links to WILPF’s vision and work. For 96 years now, WILPF has led the way as part of a global movement, towards full disarmament, gender equality, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence.

“We should never forget to do activism. It is what works. It’s absolutely central to WILPF”, says Madeleine Rees (WILPF Secretary General) to a large gathering of WILPF-ers.

WILPF sisters worldwide from Pakistan to USA expressed their enthusiasm to set about realizing the 16 days challenge. Worldwide WILPF sections are organizing a variety of inspiring and strategic activities to build on both the message of WILPF and that of the 16 days campaign!

“It is inspiring to be the Secretary General for an organization that gathers so much enthusiasm and determination”, continues Madeleine Rees. With countries spending enormous amounts of money every year on militarism, together we call for a shift in priorities in order to achieve sustainable development, gender equality and peace!

WILPF sections in over 16 countries will take part, including Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, DRC, Germany, Finland, India, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Switzerland, Sweden, the UK, and USA, as well as activities in Geneva arranged by the International Office of WILPF.

Violence Against Women in Peace and War

Title: Violence Against Women in Peace and War
Location: St Martin’s House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester
Description: Leicester WILPF invites you to this conference to critically explore the intersections of violence against women both in times of peace and conflict. It will focus nationally and internationally and aims to build on debates amongst feminists, academics and activists.

The starting point is the recognition that violence against women exists at different levels and from the local to the global. The conference marks the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence with this years’ theme – From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!

Keynote speaker: Cynthia Cockburn
Academic, Researcher, Feminist, Activist

Other speakers on:
Small Arms and domestic violence in the UK, (IANSA), Sex Trafficking, Challenges of implementing UN SCR 1325 in Sri Lanka and more

Date: 2011-11-23

To Book:  download the booking form or email  leicesterwilpfevents@gmail.com for more information

£30 academics/organisations

£20 students (Includes vegetarian lunch)

If you wish to book a stand (from £20), please contact us  by Nov 4th