The ninth Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Congress was held in Luhacovice (in former Czechoslovakia) in 1937. The growing threat from the rise of fascism was debated and a statement on the impact of this on political opponents was made. Congress noted that:‘there is a rapidly increasing number of political refugees from Fascist states, who are being deprived of their nationality and social status because even in democratic countries the Right of Asylum and the right to work is not legally secured. The Congress appeals to the League of Nations to set up within its framework a Commission which will be responsible for the legal and juridical protection of all refugees and for the coordination of unofficial activities on their behalf.’
In addition Congress discussed the situation in Spain, China, Japan and Ethiopia.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Throughout the Years