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Planning for WILPF's historic 100 Year Anniversary.

As many of us know, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Peace & Freedom spoke to Petra Totterman Andorff, the coordinator of the WILPF Anniversary Campaign, to find out more about it.

P & F: 100 years is an incredibly long time for women to be fighting to end war. Can you tell us a little about the extent to which the organization has transformed since its conception in 1915?

Petra: It's important to remember that the founding sisters of WILPF came together during World War I. So their most pressing objective was to grant women the power and influence to prevent war. And they did just that, by creating a space for women to discuss war and take an active role in decision-making.

Today WILPF works towards the same goal of preventing conflict and working towards disarmament. Importantly, this is not because women are more peaceful than men. It is simply because rational and effective decisions for humanity cannot be made without including one half of it.

P & F: So what does the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom have planned for its 100th anniversary in 2015?

Petra: Well, we've only just welcomed in the new year 2013, so there is still much more planning to be done! Our aim is to celebrate the year with a new campaign. We have looked deep into the papers the women wrote in 1915 and what we came up with is that the campaign has to focus on the idea "women have the power to stop war."

P & F: This sounds great. How can people join in the preparations and get involved?

Petra: First of all you can save the dates! In 2015, we are hosting two events. From April 22-25, 2015, we will be holding our Triennial International Congress at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. This will be followed by a festival and conference from the 26-29, at the World Forum in The Hague. Both venues are absolutely amazing. Moreover, we are also looking for funds to make the campaign come true. So if you're interested, you can join the "Committee of 100," a group of dedicated women who have each donated $1,000 for the preparation and celebration of WILPF's anniversary. You can read more on WILPF International's website www.wilpfinternational. org. We'll be giving you updates of our planning as we move forward with it this year.

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Title Annotation:Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
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Article Type:Interview
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Date:Mar 22, 2013
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