WILPF 2018 Triennial Congress in Accra, Ghana

By Colleen Bromberger, Security Council Monitor

WILPF Members at the WILPF’s 2015 Triennial Congress (Photo: Li Grebäck)

The 32nd WILPF Triennial International Congress, the highest decision-making body of WILPF, will be held on 20-22 August 2018 in Accra, Ghana. Under the theme “Building a Feminist Peace Movement”, it will be the first WILPF Congress to be held in Africa. After months of drafting and consultations, the Congress will adopt a 2018-2021 International Programme, which will identify the priorities for the work of the Secretariat and the national sections until the next Congress. It will also adopt resolutions and elect a new International Board.

Within the Congress, different meetings will take place: the Gertrud Baer Seminar, workshops, as well as regional and cross-regional meetings to focus on the development of WILPF’s International Programme. The open Gertrud Baer Seminar for young women will provide space for new WILPF members to learn more about the organisation and thoroughly discuss key global trends of and challenges to peace and security. Other closed meetings, workshops, and regional roundtables at the Congress will offer an opportunity to strategise around conflict root cause analysis, disarmament, transforming multilateral systems, among other issues, including in specific country contexts. The first Congress since WILPF’s centennial in the Hague in 2015, this will be an opportunity to connect, envision, and build action toward feminist peace across WILPF’s global sisterhood.

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