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The WILPF Australia internship program commenced in 2014.  Interns can undertake research either independently or as part of their studies in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland.  

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Intern Reports


Harriet Smith, Australia on the UN Security Council: An Evaluation of Outcomes for Australia and Women in Conflict

Jane Bowness, International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law and Complementarity: A Feminist Approach

Sophia Markey-Towler, Climate-induced Insecurity

Caitlin Lyons, Preventing and Deterring Conflict through Relationships 

Dominique Fraser, Review of Report from the Centre for Policy Development 'The Longest Conflict: Australia’s Climate Security Challenge'

Genevieve Feely, Application of Formal Disarmament Processes to Non-State Actors


Eliza Moloney, Patriarchy, Multilateralism and Sustainable Peace

Aryah Little, Sexual Violence in Conflict

Emily Boller, The Meaning of Freedom: A Century of WILPF

History of the Intern Program

The WILPF Australia internship prgram grew out of the initiative of the Queensland branch in establishing a relationship with the University of Queensland in 2006.  In a seven year period from 2007 to 2013, WILPF Queensland hosted as interns fourteen young women students from the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and one student from Vaxjo University in Sweden. 

In each case, the student undertook a research project suggested by WILPF, produced a written research report, and gave an oral seminar for members of the Queensland Branch (copies of the earlier research reports are kept in the WILPF Queensland Brenda Lewis Library - contact WILPF Queensland to arrange access).

The research topics under this program were:

  • WILPF International Economic and Social Justice Working Group
  • United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security
  • WILPF as an organisation
  • 150 Years of Women’s Peace Activism in Queensland
  • The commoditisation of water
  • Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (two reports)
  • Effectiveness of street theatre as a form of peace activism
  • WILPF International’s program Reaching Critical Will
  • WILPF Qld’s Peacewomen Awards
  • History of WILPF’s stand against racism
  • WILPF in the Asia Pacific 1915-1939
  • Significance of Unity and the Role of Peace Journeys in WILPF
  • Disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation
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Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.