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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has been working since 1915 to unite women worldwide who oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF stands for equality of all people in a world free of racism, sexism, and homophobia; the building of a constructive peace through world disarmament; and the changing of government priorities to meet human needs

WILPF’s mission is to end and prevent war, ensure that women are represented at all levels in the peace-building process, defend the human rights of women, and promote social, economic and political justice.

To achieve this mission, WILPF conducts programs in three areas: Disarmament, Human Rights, and Women, Peace and Security. The International Secretariat works alongside our global network of sections, conducting peace-building activities at every level, from the grassroots to the highest decision-making bodies at the United Nations.


WILPF envisions a world free from violence and armed conflict in which human rights are protected and women, men, and people of all gender identities are equally empowered and involved in positions of leadership at the local, national and international levels.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

— Jimi Hendrix

“I believe that peace is not merely an absence of war but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process.”

— Jane Addams

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”

— Mother Theresa