WILPF Academic Network

The WILPF Academic Network is a think and action tank that advances feminist peace and challenges the traditional concept of security by mobilising a global network of academics, feminist thinkers and peace activists.

WILPF Academic Network provides an inclusive and collaborative space for various actors across different levels to come together, share findings and analysis and integrate their theoretical and personal knowledge and expertise to:

  • Inform WILPF advocacy and activism;
  • Strengthen and mobilise support for feminist security theory;
  • Build a cohesive forum that connects the public, activists, academia and policy-makers.

The WILPF Academic Network is comprised of university professors, doctoral students, and independent researchers.

To learn more about each scholar’s specific interests read their profiles by clicking on the button below.

Mission

The mission of the WILPF Academic Network is to support WILPF with accessible data and research; to be responsive to the research needs identified by country sections and other women’s groups; to communicate, support and collaborate with each other; to spread WILPF’s mission and introduce WILPF on campuses.

Vision

Guided by the belief that feminist research and the academia can improve peace activism and that the experiences from feminist peace movements can enhance scholarship and teaching, we envision a mutually beneficial relationship between research, activism and teaching. We aim at transforming these areas of work and our institutions in ways that support WILPF’s vision of a world free from violence.

Contact

You are always welcome to contact the coordinator of the WILPF Academic Network, Dr. Carrie Reiling.

E : academic (a) wilpf.org

WILPF Afghanistan

In response to the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban and its targeted attacks on civil society members, WILPF Afghanistan issued several statements calling on the international community to stand in solidarity with Afghan people and ensure that their rights be upheld, including access to aid. The Section also published 100 Untold Stories of War and Peace, a compilation of true stories that highlight the effects of war and militarisation on the region. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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Demilitarisation

WILPF uses feminist analysis to argue that militarisation is a counter-productive and ill-conceived response to establishing security in the world. The more society becomes militarised, the more violence and injustice are likely to grow locally and worldwide.

Sixteen states are believed to have supplied weapons to Afghanistan from 2001 to 2020 with the US supplying 74 % of weapons, followed by Russia. Much of this equipment was left behind by the US military and is being used to inflate Taliban’s arsenal. WILPF is calling for better oversight on arms movement, for compensating affected Afghan people and for an end to all militarised systems.

Militarised masculinity

Mobilising men and boys around feminist peace has been one way of deconstructing and redefining masculinities. WILPF shares a feminist analysis on the links between militarism, masculinities, peace and security. We explore opportunities for strengthening activists’ action to build equal partnerships among women and men for gender equality.

WILPF has been working on challenging the prevailing notion of masculinity based on men’s physical and social superiority to, and dominance of, women in Afghanistan. It recognizes that these notions are not representative of all Afghan men, contrary to the publicly prevailing notion.

Feminist peace​

In WILPF’s view, any process towards establishing peace that has not been partly designed by women remains deficient. Beyond bringing perspectives that encapsulate the views of half of the society and unlike the men only designed processes, women’s true and meaningful participation allows the situation to improve.

In Afghanistan, WILPF has been demanding that women occupy the front seats at the negotiating tables. The experience of the past 20 has shown that women’s presence produces more sustainable solutions when they are empowered and enabled to play a role.

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