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Interns Program

RESOLVING TO STUDY AND MAKE KNOWN THE CAUSES OF WAR – a two-way learning experience across the generations

In addition to the national Internship Program, WILPF Queensland hosts interns from the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland.

Internship Reports from 2014 onwards are published in our Publications section. 

Our Semester 2 2014 interns are Eliza Moloney and Aryah Little.  Eliza and Aryah are researching topics relevant to the Australian and WILPF International 2015 conferences respectively. 

Aryah (l) and Eliza (r) with the 2014 Emerging Peacewoman Claire Maizonnier

(photo Chris Henderson, August 2014)


In Semester 1 2014,our intern Emily Boller researched and wrote on The Meaning of Freedom: A Century of WILPF, a fascinating review of the sometimes overlooked aspect of our work.   As Emily writes in the executive summary:

"The results of this research show that freedom is a contested concept. Although originally included in WILPF’s title in reference to the organisation’s roots in the suffrage movement, freedom came to be interpreted by the organisation in a much broader way. This development accords with philosophical understandings of freedom as facilitating personal growth and the power to do good. The idea of freedom underpinned a number of initiatives undertaken by WILPF over the past decades; this report considers the work done by WILPF towards achieving gender equality, self-determination, racial non-discrimination and the abolition of slavery, each as manifestations of freedom."

Emily concludes that "the evolution in WILPF’s attitudes towards issues like self-determination and racial equality, and the willingness of its members to engage in self-reflection, speak volumes about the organisation’s potential for future longevity.  As its next century of life dawns, and the costs of war grow ever greater, WILPF is well advised to continue its commitment to its Integrated Approach to work towards peace and freedom simultaneously".

History of the Intern Program

In a six year period from 2007 to 2014, WILPF Queensland has hosted as interns fourteen young women students from the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland, and one student from Vaxjo University in Sweden. 

In each case, the student has undertaken a research project suggested by WILPF, produced a written research report, and gave an oral seminar for members of the Queensland Branch (copies of the research reports are kept in the WILPF Queensland Brenda Lewis Library - contact WILPF Queensland to arrange access).

In this way, WILPF members have gained relevant knowledge to support their activism, and the students gained valuable insights into the challenges facing policy makers and NGOs working in the areas of peace, conflict and development. Many of the young students have been inspired and heartened by this contact with such a group of vibrant older women while the WILPF women welcome the opportunity to encourage these intelligent and thoughtful young women.

The research topics to date are:

  • WILPF International Economic and Social Justice Working Group
  • United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security
  • WILPF as an organisation
  • 150 Years of Women’s Peace Activism in Queensland
  • The commoditisation of water
  • Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (two reports)
  • Effectiveness of street theatre as a form of peace activism
  • WILPF International’s program Reaching Critical Will
  • WILPF Qld’s Peacewomen Awards
  • History of WILPF’s stand against racism
  • WILPF in the Asia Pacific 1915-1939
  • Significance of Unity and the Role of Peace Journeys in WILPF
  • Disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation

Download a full report on the Intern Program 2007-2013.

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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.