Uniting a Global Movement of Women’s Power to Stop War
100 years after WILPF was first founded, 67 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted, 20 years after the Beijing Declaration and Programme of Action were established and 15 years after the Millennium Development Goals and Security Council Resolution 1325 were developed, our news headlines still read like the world is on fire, with violent conflict still taking place on every continent of the world.
The WILPF 2015 Conference is therefore all about truly establishing the principles of sustainable peacebuilding and exploring the root causes of conflict, as our foremothers did in 1915. This means approaching peacebuilding from a holistic perspective, taking human rights, disarmament, social and economic justice and the environment into account, while challenging the dominant militaristic narrative of ‘more guns = more security’, which only reinforces militarism, patriarchy, exclusion and inequality as the root causes of conflict.
Reflecting this approach and covering all these themes through the lens of prevention, participation and implementation, the Conference Programme will result in both clear-cut, time-bound demands for implementation to the world’s governments, as well as concrete commitments by civil society aimed at strengthening the peace movement like never before.