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Press Release: New Initiative to Boost Holistic Action for Women, Peace and Security

18 October 2016

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The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) will on 19 October launch an expanded Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security to boost holistic action for conflict prevention and peace.

The scorecard – available at http://peacewomen.org/scorecards – documents international and national action on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda addressing gender and conflict prevention, participation, protection, and relief and recovery.

WILPF, a non-profit peace organisation with national sections in 33 countries, developed the WPS Scorecard to address ongoing gaps by Security Council permanent members between commitments and accomplishments, especially around conflict prevention and disarmament for holistic implementation of the WPS agenda worldwide.

“Crisis response is not a long-term plan,” stated Abigail Ruane, Director of WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security program (PeaceWomen). “Preventing conflict is critical for peace. Investing in women’s rights is the key to conflict prevention and also a human rights obligation.”

Research by WILPF affirms the need to address the conflict prevention gap. States such as the United Kingdom have taken the lead on strengthening women’s participation and addressing sexual violence. However all of the permanent members of the council are are among the top contributors to military spending and arms trade, which contribute to sexual, gender-based, and other forms of violence. Addressing this gap is critical to move from response to conflict prevention and peace.

The WPS Scorecard will be launched on October 19, 2016 at 9:00AM ET / 3:00PM CEST at a webinar entitled, “Measuring State Commitments to Women, Peace and Security: Launch of WILPF’s Expanded WPS Security Council Scorecard.”

 

Register for the webinar (Webinar ID: 728-205-883).

Find Women, Peace and Security Security Council Scorecard 

Media enquiries: Abigail Ruane, + 1 212 682 1265, abigail(a)peacewomen.org

 

Research carried out by WILPF PeaceWomen affirms that the holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda by the Permanent Five - leaders at the UN on peace and security issues - remains problematic. Image Credit: Lucid. Berlin
Research carried out by WILPF PeaceWomen affirms that the holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda by the Permanent Five – leaders at the UN on peace and security issues – remains problematic.
Image Credit: Lucid. Berlin

 

 

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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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