This past month, WILPF was unanimously awarded the 2014 Peace in Progress award by the International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP)“for its century-long involvement in the work of women for peace, its commitment to disarmament, the defense of human rights and the persistence to obtain the recognition of the role of women in the building of peace.”
WILPF President Adilia Caravaca's response highlights the continued importance of rolling back medieval narratives of gendered heroes and victims, and promoting gender equality, disarmament, and peace: As Caravaca stated: “The path toward peace continues to be aggravated and wars continue to escalate in the Middle East. Strong doses of racism, machismo and economic interests reveal veneration for capital profits at any cost...We thank the Catalan Institute for Peace, as well as the thousands of women around the world, in this and other organisations, who continue their work and maintain hope for peace.
The award, which consists of a sculpture made by Nobel Peace Prize winner and sculptor Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, as well as a financial donation of 4,000 euros, will be presented in 2015 in Barcelona. WILPF is honoured to be recognised for its role in the creation of internationalist pacifist feminism and the advocacy of women's initiatives for peace, especially amongst such notable human rights defenders. We applaud ICIP's work to promote a culture of peace, and to endorse peaceful solutions and conflict resolutions.
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