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Women's International League for Peace and Freedom New Zealand Section records.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-163

Scope and Contents

Collection includes minutes, correspondence, annual reports, membership lists, congress reports, newsletters and publications.


  • 1930 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom originated from an international congress of women organised in 1915 by leaders of the International Suffrage Alliance. This established an International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace that became the WILPF in 1919.

The aims and objectives of the organisation are to bring together women of different political and philosophical tendencies to work for peace and disarmament, political solutions to international conflicts, and the ending of all forms of discrimination, whether based on race, religion, sex or nationality. The WILPF advocates the strengthening of the United Nations and its specialised agencies to secure these objectives.

The WILPF is a politically non-partisan peace movement with groups in 42 countries. Membership is open to men but most members are women. The International WILPF has consultative status at the UN, and this ensures women’s voices for peace are heard at that level.

Women's movements of the world ; an international directory and guide, edited by Sally Shreir. Phoenix AZ ; Harlow, Essex : Longman : Distributed in the U.S. and Canada by Oryx Press, 1988.

The New Zealand Section is listed in Women's organisations and groups in Aotearoa ; compiled by Ministry of Women's Affairs. Wellington : The Ministry, 1989, with branches at Auckland and Wellington.

Also see: - for further information on the aims and history of the organisation.


0.2 metres (2 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photocopy of 1930-1936 minutebook loaned by Mrs K. Knight in April 1977. Additional material donated in 1982 per Bert Roth.


NRAM W285.

Inventory of the records of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom New Zealand Section, 1915-1970.
Kay Stead
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand