Blow the whistle on militarism and violence against women!

Blow the whistle on militarism and violence against women!


This year, WILPF women around the world will be marking the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (November 25 – December 10) by blowing whistles at local municipal headquarters or Occupy sites to draw attention to the related problems of militarism and violence against women.

Here’s how you can join us in taking action:

Blowing whistles. By literally making noise, participants are echoing the metaphorical whistleblowing that has drawn attention to the dangers of militarism and war culture that perpetuates violence against women. Blowing whistles also builds on the momentum generated by the film The Whistleblower, highlighting human trafficking as a horrific consequence of our patriarchal war culture, something WILPF International, WILPF US, and many WILPF branches are already involved with. Contact your local branch to find out when a demonstration is planned.

“What does security mean to you?” videos. As part of its support for United Nations Security Council resolution 1325, WILPF has been collecting video responses to the question “What does security mean to you?” for the purpose of redefining “security” to reflect a human security perspective, including the voices of women. At the demonstrations, participants are encouraged to record short videos of themselves and other attendees answering that question. Participants can upload the videos to YouTube or another video-sharing site, and then post them to the WILPF’s 1325 Facebook page. Later, the videos will be included in a larger report to the U.S. government articulating U.S. women’s perspectives on issues concerning the Women, Peace, and Security agenda.

“Women, Peace, and Security” survey. WILPF women, demonstration participants, and attendees are encouraged to complete WILPF’s online survey, which asks people to share their opinions about women’s security and militarism. Our goal is to collect 1000 responses. Data from the survey will provide further evidence of women’s perspectives on Women, Peace, and Security, and will be included in WILPF’s final report to the U.S. government.

WILPF branches are encouraged to plan their Blow the Whistle demonstrations any time between November 25, 2011, and December 10, 2011, as part of the 16 Days campaign. So pick your date, print some fliers, call your friends, track down some whistles, grab your WILPF buttons and banners, and head down to your local municipal headquarters to join your WILPF sisters around the world in blowing whistles to end militarism and violence against women. For more information, call 617-266-0999, or e-mail WILPF National Director Tanya Henderson at or program intern Sarah Rettger at

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