The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom focuses on ending war by finding its roots. This month they will be commemorating 100 years of fighting the good fight. In celebration, they will be holding a Centennial Congress at the Hague where they first organized during WWII. This will be followed by an international conference (April 27 – 29, 2015) during which WILPF’s international global campaign, Women’s Power to Stop War, will culminate.
In honor of the 1,300 women who made the very first WILPF meeting possible, here are images of badass ladies from the past to the present protesting for peace around the world:
American delegates at 2nd International Peace Conference, the Hague, 1919.
A WILPF meeting in Geneva, 1948.
Women protest the nuclear bomb in 1950s D.C.
Students, women, and men peacefully protest the Vietnam War in the 60s.
A farmer protests outside of the American Embassy in Japan (1960s).
Protestors in Harrisburg oppose the nuclear energy after the Three Mile Island explosion (1979).
The Welsh women of Greenham Common protested the sites use for nuclear missiles between the 80s and the 90s.
The Second Liberian Civil War ended in 2003, and these women are protesting in 2007 as unrest continues.
Members of the Ukrainian women’s group Femen after a protest against the opposition of gay marriage (mid 2000s).
Women from the Women Wage Peace movement protest outside of the Knesset in March of 2015.
Images c/o WILPF, BBC, JTA.org