In July 1926 the fifth international Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was held in Dublin. A reception to mark its opening was attended by Eamon de Valera. A ‘Statement of Objects’ was drawn up which aimed to unite ‘women in all countries who are opposed to every kind of war, exploitation and oppression, and who work for universal disarmament and for the solution of conflicts by the recognition of human solidarity, by conciliation and arbitration, by world cooperation, and by the establishment of social, political and economic justice for all, without distinction of sex, race, class or creed.’ (1)
The conference was chaired by Jane Addams, the American president of WILPF. Proceedings were translated from English (or other languages) into French and German.
(1) Records of the Massachusetts Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1915-1977: A Finding Aid, OASIS, Harvard University Library.
Belfast Newsletter, 10 July 1926.