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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom


The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international, non-profit, anti-war and peace-building organisation of volunteers that brings women together to oppose conflict, violence and global militarisation.

WILPF is the longest-surviving women’s anti-war organisation in the world. It was established in 1915 by 1,360 women who met in the Hague, horrified at the loss of young life in World War One. They approached leaders in neutral countries to ask for support, without success. However, WILPF spread world-wide. It has offices in Geneva and New York and category 1 status with the United Nations (UN).

WILPF’s approach is always non-violent, and they use existing international legal and political frameworks to:

  • stop war and violence wherever this is occurring;
  • increase global disarmament, especially nuclear disarmament;
  • support the UN’s efforts to increase democratic government and peaceful conflict resolution;
  • reduce greed and change government’s spending priorities to meet human need;
  • support environmentally sustainable development;
  • help reduce injustice; and
  • build a culture of peace.

Website:  Women's International League for Peace and Freedom