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The monthly WILPF e-News is edited by Theta Pavis and prepared by Rachel Crosby. It is created with the help of many WILPF members, including Carol Urner, Program Chair. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis at "firstname.lastname@example.org"
Early Summer E-News:
When I have to describe WILPF to someone for the first time, I usually say it's one of "the oldest women's peace groups in the world." I also tell them we're an NGO recognized by the U.N. But before I launch into our incredible history, there's something more succinct I can say: WILPF is about activism, informed with deep political analysis. This essential truth is reflected in our early summer Newsletter. As I write this, our co-presidents are visiting several of our U.S. branches and our Director of Operations, Laurie Belton, is at a training in Washington, D.C. Our volunteer members are hard at work, preparing for the new Advancing Women as Peacemakers Project, critical peace conferences and symposiums, building new web resources, and much, much more. Autumn will find us celebrating Jane Addams' 150th birthday and the anniversary of U.N. resolution 1325. Addams' work - and the tireless activism of all the WILPFers who came after her - led directly to the passage of 1325. We stand for peace, but we know we can't get there with out the full participation of women everywhere.
In this eNews:
This fall marks the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams' birth and the 10th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. To mark this historic occasion, WILPF is launching a special project designed to bolster women's active engagement in conflict resolution and prevention. The new Advancing Women as Peacemakers (AWP) Project will educate citizens on the history of women as peacemakers, stressing the interconnectedness of gender equality and peace, and the unique roles women can and have played in peace negotiations. This fall, AWP will sponsor a national speaking tour and workshops featuring women peacemakers from conflict areas around the world. WILPF branches and other groups are encouraged to join this initiative and host a workshop. For more information, please contact Tanya Burovtseva, AWP Project Coordinator, at (617) 266-0999 or email: email@example.com.
Life-long WILPF member and former International President Elise Boulding died peacefully on June 24. Elise was in on the ground floor in the movements of peace, women's studies and futures and played pivotal roles in each. The author of over 300 publications, Elise was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990. Her theoretical work on the role of the family in educating toward social change, and the role women have played in peacemaking, together with her ideas on transnational networks and their relationship to global understanding are considered seminal contributions to twentieth century peace education thought. She served as WILPF's International President from 1968-1971. Prior to her retirement from Dartmouth College, she was a Senior Fellow of the Dickey Center for International Understanding. Her last book was Cultures of Peace: the Hidden Side of History. There will be a Memorial Service for Elise on her 90th birthday, on July 6 at the Houghton Memorial Chapel at Wellesley College. For more information on the service, please see this family website. Elise was born in 1920 in Oslo, Norway.
- Special thanks to the Boulding family and Mary Lee Morrison, Elise's biographer, for help with this article.
Looking for a place where peace, social justice and environmental activists can come together? Then join WILPF at the National Peace Conference in Albany, July 23 - 25. WILPF is co-sponsoring this exciting national conference featuring a wide array of workshops on international and domestic issues. Take part in critical discussion and strategizing. Speakers include WILPF's own Maria Butler (from the PeaceWomen - http://www.peacewomen.org/- Project) who will present at the "Women & War" workshop, which WILPF's End the Wars Issue Committee helped plan. Other speakers include Cindy Sheehan, Medea Benjamin and many others. Together we'll create a blueprint for future action. Register today at: www.nationalpeaceconference.org. Members can also contact Pat O'Brien for more information, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that WILPF's PeaceWomen Project has translated U.N. resolution 1325 into 100 different languages? Did you know you can now share your own work and initiatives on its interactive website? There's lots more waiting for members to check out at www.peacewomen.org. The project recently unveiled a revised website with a more user-friendly platform to access information and exchange resources on women, peace and security. You can read about it in detail here. It provides simplified navigation, classification of content, and advanced search functions. The upcoming 10th anniversary of 1325 this October offers an opportunity for the U.N., Member States and civil society to work together to ensure that concrete, measurable, and positive action is taken to empower and protect women in conflict situations. PeaceWomen will use the website to further these efforts and promote accountability in the lead up to October and beyond. UNIFEM was the grant sponsor for the website upgrade.
This fall, WILPF will co-sponsor a symposium event on Jane Addams at the City College of New York's Center for Worker Education. Held on September 24, the event features independent scholar, author and WILPF member Louise W. Knight. In September Knight's landmark biography, JANE ADDAMS: SPIRIT IN ACTION will be published by W. W. Norton on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Addams's birth. Other presenters include Harriet Alonso, Barbara Sicherman, Sam Cook and Nancy Wackstein.