International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace
May I remind our membership of the plans, formed at The Hague, in regard to holding a Congress at the time and place of the meeting of the Governmental Peace Conference. The arrangements there agreed upon will be found on pp. 42 and 275-76 of the Official Proceedings of the Hague Congress.
"The International Committee of the Congress recommends that the Woman's Congress should be held when the official conference which is to frame the peace settlement after the war has been sitting for four weeks and that each country should send twenty delegates and ten alternates to the Congress."
It should be understood that these twenty delegates and ten alternates from each national organization are in addition to the membership of the "National Committee of Five," making thirty-five in all, from each country represented in our International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace.
To carry out this plan it was decided at The Hague, that when the time and the place of the Governmental Peace Conference are determined upon by the Governments concerned, our "National Committees of Five" from the nations represented in our organizations shall upon their own motion, and without waiting for a summons (for which the cables and wires are likely to be too congested) proceed at once to the place of meeting, registering at their respective consulates in the city in which the Governmental Peace Conference is held. In case of unforeseen difficulties, instructions will be sent to the members through the offices of their respective consulates. Each "National Committee of Five" will therefore kindly keep its consulate supplied with an address for forwarding.
The membership of the "National Committees of Five" from each country, upon their arrival in the city in which the Governmental Peace Conference is sitting, will proceed at once to make plans for the Congress After the War of the International Committee of Women for Permanent Peace, which is to be held during the fifth week of the Governmental Peace Conference. The twenty delegates from each country and their ten alternates who are to attend our Congress are expected to arrive during the fifth week of the Governmental Peace Conference without waiting for further notification, as communication may still be difficult. The twenty delegates and the ten alternates should also register their addresses with their respective consulates in the city in which the Governmental Peace Conference is held.
I realize that these arrangements sound complicated, but it is impossible to simplify them further when the very time and place of our Congress After the War is necessarily unknown.
(Signed) Jane Addams