This web site is a project of the Advancing Women Peacemakers Project of the U.S. Section of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and is dedicated to providing sound historical information relating to Jane Addams and the history of American women and peace from her time through the adoption of United Nations Security Resolution 1325 in 2000.
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In the fall of 2010, the nation celebrated two important anniversaries in the history of women and peace -- the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams’s birth on September 6 and the tenth anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325, on October 31st. Addams was one of the founders of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the first women’s international peace organization, and was also the first U.S. woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. SCR 1325 is the first resolution ever passed by the Security Council of the United Nations that deals solely and fully with women’s dilemmas in war and women’s contributions in peace.
But Addams and the U.N. resolution have a closer tie than the overlap of anniversaries. Her efforts to secure recognition of the urgency of peace as a human issue – primarily through WILPF -- led directly to SCR 1325. As Addams stated in The Second Twenty Years of Hull-House about her thinking before World War I, “I believed that peace was not merely an absence of war, but the nurture of human life, and that in time this nurture would do away with war as a natural process.” She was particularly concerned about the violence women experienced in times of war and the need for women to participate fully in international peace-making efforts – the two main subjects SCR 1325 addresses.
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