Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP)
The Coalition of Women for Peace is a feminist organization against the occupation of Palestine and for a just peace. Founded in November 2000, after the outbreak of the Second Intifada, CWP today is a leading voice in the Israeli peace movement, bringing together women from a wide variety of identities and groups. CWP is committed to ending the occupation and creating a more just society, while enhancing women’s inclusion and participation in the public discourse. CWP initiates public campaigns and education and outreach programs, working to develop and integrate a feminist discourse on all levels of society.
CWP is known for its clear and principled stances, including its unwavering support of the right of return of Palestinian refugees and the endorsement of universal jurisdiction.
Among CWP campaigns in recent years:
A campaign against anti-democratic legislation and the “Anti-boycott law”, solidarity with women in Iran, a campaign to end the siege of Gaza,
mass demonstrations against
the Second Lebanon War and against the Israeli assault on Gaza, a coalition of 20 women’s organizations protesting sexual violence by Israeli officials in the government and military, and local and international campaigns demanding accountability for war crimes committed by Israel, an ongoing campaign against house demolitions.
Throughout the years, CWP has been a leading feminist voice within the Israeli anti-occupation movement and Human rights community, leading us to work intensively to confront issues of sexual harassment in political groups.
CWP supports, empowers and assists human rights activists and organizations, particularly women’s and youth groups. Every year, CWP organizes a variety of capacity-building workshops and seminars for peace activists, including media outreach, planning and organizing public campaigns, internet campaigning, and legal counseling for activists. CWP also aids independent and new peace and social justice initiatives by providing organizational and fundraising assistance, thereby creating meaningful partnerships and solidarity networks.
In 2010 CWP’s opened an activity center, which is available for use by activists and groups and hosts a wide range of meetings and activities. The activity center holds lectures and courses for the general public on issues that are at the focus of our work, such as feminism and gender, social activism, culture and politics, international law, and economic justice.
CWP also leads international campaigns for peace and justice, in cooperation with human rights organizations and women’s movements around the world. For example, CWP has initiated an appeal to the British government, signed by 100 organizations around the world, to not limit universal jurisdiction for war crimes; and CWP’s cooperation with Norwegian civil society organizations has led to the largest European public pension fund’s divestment from companies that are involved in the occupation.See more