The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in April 1915, in the Hague, the Netherlands, by 1,300 women from Europe and North America, who came together in a Congress of Women to protest the killing and destruction of the war then raging in Europe. More on the history of WILPF >>
WILPF works on issues of peace, human rights and disarmament at the local, national and international levels, participating in the ongoing international debates on peace and security issues, conflict prevention and resolution, on the elimination of all forms of discrimination, and the promotion and protection of human rights. It contributes a feminist analysis of these issues, and through its many activities, educates, informs and mobilizes women for action everywhere. It has consultative status with a variety of United Nations organisations.
WILPF is also one of the 21 European-wide membership organisations that sit on the European Women’s Lobby. With their focus on specific issues across Europe, these European-wide organisations provide an important balance to the 30 National Coordinations, which represent a wide variety of women’s organisations within their own countries.
WILPF’s ultimate goal is the establishment of an international economic order founded on the principles of meeting the needs of all people and not on those of profit and privilege.
WILPF holds a triennial Congress for members and in interim years an International Executive Board meeting is convened. These events are important to the organization and are hosted by a different national section each year. The 2004 Congress was held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The 2007 Congress was held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.