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Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blogs, General News

100 Years of Women Advocating for Peace

VOW Board Member Sandy Greenberg blogged from her first day in The Hague for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) Congress.

April 23, 2015

Hello Peace Women,

I arrived at The Hague, Netherlands, today, after about 24 hours of travel – plane and train.  The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s Congress is on, and the delegates have approved a 2015 Manifesto today, arising out of a collaborative process of gathering ideas, and mainly written by Cynthia Colburn.  This manifesto reaffirms the inextricable link between feminism and peace.  Here’s the link to the article about the Manifesto:

http://www.wilpfinternational.org/adoption-of-the-wilpf-manifesto-renewing-a-centennial-commitment-to-peacemaking/

 

Here’s the link to the actual Manifesto: 

 

http://www.wilpfinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/WILPF-2015-Manifesto.pdf 

 

The WILPF Congress, which has created this Manifesto meets this week.  Then next week, I will be attending the WILPF Conference, which is open to all peace women.

 

On arrival I was greeted by two wonderful women:  Brigitte Cassigneul, a French WILPF member who originally contacted me months ago to encourage me to come to the conference, and Becky Failor, an American living in The Hague, who is an active member of American Women’s Club of The Hague, who has arranged for a beautiful guest house for my husband and myself to stay in while we are here. 

 

Brigitte has invited me to attend some of the Congress as well as the Conference, so I’m looking forward to getting more involved tomorrow.

 

Sandy Greenberg