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A Chorus of Women

The Canberra choral group A Chorus of Women gave a wonderful 100th birthday present of song from Canberra to WILPF women around the world.

The song is a Centenary Fanfare with the short title of ‘WE WOMEN’. Its full title is ‘We women are an international league for peace and freedom’ and it can be heard here on YouTube..

The song celebrates WILPF and is a joyous, grateful tribute from Canberra women citizens for WILPF’s century of sounding women’s voices into the great global matters of peace, human rights, gender equity and relations between people and the Earth.

The song was broadcast to the centenary celebrations in The Hague on the actual 100th birthday of 28 April 2015.

Thank you to A Chorus of Women!!


more details coming soon

New South Wales


  • The history of the Tasmanian Branch is at the printers now.

South Australia


  • Check out WILPF Queensland's fantastic posters celebrating the branch history since November 1915!




28 May 2015 - Great Hall, University House, Canberra

The inaugural WILPF Australian Peacewomen for our centenary year are:

  • Helen Caldicottphysician, author and anti-nuclear advocate; founder of several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons proliferation, war and military action in general.
  • Anne Gallagher - independent scholar and legal adviser to the United Nations and Association of South East Asian Nations; leading global expert on the international law in human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and transnational organized crime; named as a ‘Trafficking in Persons Hero’ by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
  • Helen Durham - director for International Law and Policy at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) based in Geneva – the first Australian to be appointed as a Director with ICRC and the first woman Director of Law in the 150 year history of the organisation.
  • Kirstie Parker - Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Director of Reconciliation Australia, and a Co-Chair of the national Close the Gap Campaign.  Kirstie is also a member of the Deadly Awards Executive Academy; former editor of the 100% Aboriginal owned and controlled newspaper, the Koori Mail.

Register to attend the Peacewomen Celebrations cocktail reception now

5.30-6.00 Registrations
6.00-6.30 Gathering and mingling - canapés and drinks
6.30-8.30 Official program

Chorus of Women – A Passion for Peace
Welcome to country
Video of Centenary Peacewomen: Helen Caldicott, Anne Gallagher AO, Helen Durham, Kirstie Parker
Presentation to Peacewomen or their representatives
Guest speaker – Madeleine Rees OBE, Secretary-General, WILPF International

8.30-9.00 Canapés and drinks
9.00 Evening close



Women's Power to Stop War - Australian Conference

29 May 2015, 9.00am-5.00pm - Great Hall, University House, Canberra

The conference discussed the who, what, where, how, why of Women's Power to Stop War:

Keynote speakers - Madeleine Rees, Secretary General of WILPF International and Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls.

Special guest speaker - member of Afghan Female Parliamentarians delegation to Australia

Panel - Feminist perspectives on Women's Power to Stop War

Mini-debate - Government Diplomacy is more effective than NGO advocacy for Peacebuilding

Panel conversation - Women Working Globally - on disarmament, the power of women's collaboration, and strengthening women's activism in the peace movement

Kaynote address - the next 100 years of feminism and WILPF action - Young WILPF


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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.