Film: POWER ON PATROL

New documentary spotlights the men working with female activists in conflict societies around the world to challenge notions of militarised masculinities and advance feminist peace

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Militarised Masculinities & Alternatives Photography Competition - Winner: Carolina Navas Gutiérrez for her series of images portraying the vulnerabilities of young men living in the Tumaco region of Colombia’s Pacific Coast

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Militarised Masculinities & Alternatives Photography Competition – Honourable mention: Lauren Justice, for her series interview series, “What Would I Have Done If I Would Have Killed Her that Night?” with perpetrators of domestic violence in the United States

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Militarised Masculinities & Alternatives Photography Competition - Honourable mention: Pedram Pirnia for his single image entitled ‘Gun In Classroom’ taken in Afghanistan.

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A preview of some of the other outstanding submissions we received which will form part of a dedicated exhibition later this year

Militarised masculinity at its most basic level, refers to the assertion that traits stereotypically associated with masculinity can be acquired and then proven through military service or action, and combat in particular.
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New documentary spotlights the men working with female activists in conflict societies around the world to challenge notions of militarised masculinities and advance feminist peace. “When we are talking about militarised masculinity, I want to refer to it as the violent power of men…You have power. How do you…
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A couple of months ago, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) revealed the winners of its inaugural photography competition exploring militarized masculinities and alternatives. The competition is part of a program called “Countering Militarized Masculinities: Mobilizing Men for Feminist Peace.”…
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26 April 2022, Geneva: Colombian photographer Carolina Navas Gutiérrez is the winner of The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) inaugural photography competition which invited photographers from around the world to respond to the theme ‘Militarised Masculinities and Alternatives’.  Carolina’s powerful series of images ‘Nos miran’ (They…

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Melissa Torres

VICE-PRESIDENT

Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations. She holds a PhD in Social Work and currently works at the University of Texas as the Director of Human Trafficking Research at one of the university’s think tanks. Of Mexican descent, born on the US and Mexican border, and raised between the two countries, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. She is also involved with the American Red Cross as a volunteer, trainer, and researcher focused on post-disaster aid distribution and work with undocumented Latinxs. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani

VICE-PRESIDENT

Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo

PRESIDENT

Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

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. 

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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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