Every three years, at the Triennial International Congress, WILPFers meet to discuss, learn, share their experiences and decide together the next WILPF International Programme for the following three years.
On top of that, a new International President is elected, and this year we welcome Joy Ada Onyesoh, who has been the WILPF International Vice President and Africa Liason for the past three years, as our next International President.
An active member since 2007, Joy has demonstrated her commitment to peace through numerous actions in the pursuit of sustainable peace. These include leading peaceful demonstrations in Nigeria, advocating for women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, and organising workshops to challenge masculinities and violence, among many others.
We caught up with Joy during the Congress to ask her a few questions. She expressed excitement in continuing “working on the ground, and connecting our diverse realities to enriching our advocacy and programmatic interventions on feminist peace.”
Joy also provided a wonderful definition of Feminist Peace – the theme of this year’s Congress – stating that it is “a reflective and inclusive process that speaks to the needs of women in the process of conflict resolution and the creation of sustainable peace.”
She ended on a few words of wisdom for young peace builders, ensuring that “even though you may not readily see the result or the ripple effect of the peacebuilding work done at multiple levels, take consolation in the fact that we are making a difference in communities and giving hope to humanity.”
Read the full exclusive interview, here.