WILPF Colombia and WILPF Australia Commemorate 100th Anniversary

By Manar Marouf

This year WILPF celebrated its 100th anniversary, and May 2015 marked two major events for WILPF chapters. WILPF Colombia commemorated the 100th anniversary by hosting a ceremony at the National University of Colombia celebrating WILPF’s achievements to further the Women, Peace and Security agenda. On this occasion, guest speaker Carmen Magallon, of WILPF Spain, presented on the history of pacifist feminism in addition to her insights and analysis of the role of women in peacebuilding. Similarly, in its centenary conference held at University House in Canberra, WILPF Australia celebrated 'Women’s Power to Stop War'. Keynote speaker Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom presented on the spirit of the Hague meetings, and Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, presented on 'A Global Agenda for Women, Peace and Security'. The Conference also featured panellist presentations on feminist perspectives and the next 100 years of WILPF action.