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The Human Rights Programme in Geneva focuses on the active participation of WILPF in the UN Human Rights mechanisms, most important of which are the triennial Human Rights Council sessions and their related UPR sessions.

During the Human Rights Council in September 2014, WILPF’s Human Rights programme organised a side event addressing the implications of military. WILPF also released two important new publications: You Get What You Pay For, highlighting the importance of investing in peace and gender justice rather than war, and Voices from Ukraine: Civil Society as a Driver for Peace, analyzing the relationship between men and women in conflict and the state of civil society.

WILPF also participates in several Treaty Body sessions, such as those of CEDAW and CERD, Working Groups, meetings with Special Representatives and other Human Rights instruments. WILPF International participates in these sessions in a number of ways:

  • Reporting on the activities of these human rights bodies to our Sections
  • Assisting our sections, our Disarmament Programme, and our Peace Women Programme in reporting to the Human Rights Bodies in Geneva
  • Assisting our sections in their active participation to the Human Rights Bodies sessions in Geneva (through oral statements, side events and other networking activities)
  • All of these activities with our Sections form the crucial link between the Human Rights Bodies in Geneva and our local, grassroots members. The assistance provided to the other programmes and projects of WILPF International also ensures the Human Rights Integrated Approach is implemented.


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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.