Bearlin, Margaret et al: Women’s power to stop war

Bearlin, Margaret with the assistance of Cynthia James and Mary Ziesak

Women’s power to stop war: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 1915 to 2015‘, Honest History, 14 April 2015

The article marks the centenary of the International Congress of Women at The Hague in April 1915. From this meeting grew the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom which has been an important advocate for peace ever since.

The article is an edited version of the catalogue essay for an exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery to showcase the centenary and WILPF. Background on the exhibition and information about the history of WILPF is here. No Glory in War website has an article. A short video on the conference marking a century of WILPF.

What women can do is refuse to be co-opted by a system which insists that we are protected by men and that men with guns are the ultimate protection. Our real protection comes from claiming our rights, our equality and our space. (Madeleine Rees, Secretary-General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 2015)

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