Women's International League for Peace and Freedom was born in The Hague, when over 100 suffragettes assembled to help stop the then ongoing WAR, later named World War I.
This time a couple of hundred women have come from all continents again with the strong sentiment against the ongoing wars, against wars that are mushrooming, wars that bear the potential to destroy life on earth. They are assembled at the PEACE PALACE in the Hague discussing the future program of the organisation.
Will it be possible to develop truthful and effective peace policies from these these loaden premises once again?
We WORK FOR IT.
The Peace Palace, the premises on which it stands and the Library are the property of the Carnegie Foundation. The Foundation encourages the organisation of seminars and other initiatives to foster the peace ideal and is part of the international philanthropic network of Carnegie Institutions.
Andrew Carnegie was a wealthy Scottish-American steel magnate turned philanthropist. In 1903 he donated the astronomical sum of $1.5 million to the Kingdom of the Netherlands for the construction of a building to house the newly-formed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA): the now famous Peace Palace. His condition was that it would not only house the PCA but also a legal library that would meet the highest possible standards.
In 1904 a special foundation was set up to manage the funds and the preparations of the construction. Nowadays the Carnegie Foundation receives financial support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands but remains the owner and manager of the grounds and buildings, including the Peace Palace Library.
The foundation also awards the annual Wateler Peace Prize to private individuals or institutions which have furthered the cause of peace. Some famous names among these prize winners include Lord Baden Powell, Mrs. Martin Luther King, Max van der Stoel and Peace One Day.
For more information, you can download the PDF about the Carnegie Foundation.