4FeministUNSG – We demand a progressive feminist leader!

Join the Call for a Feminist Leader of the United Nations

In February 2021, the President of the United Nations General Assembly and the President of the United Nations Security Council announced the launch of a process to appoint a new Secretary-General for the term beginning in 2022. 

This represents a critical opportunity to call for a better selection process and a new leader who will help guide the world towards a future of feminist peace. The new Secretary-General must embody and uphold feminist values and principles, and be committed to pursuing equality, justice, and security for people and the planet. 

We all have a role to play in ensuring the next Secretary-General of the United Nations is a true feminist – someone who represents us all.

What Can You Do?

You can help influence the selection process by:

  • Downloading our campaign assets below and share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #4feministUNSG.
  • Nominating someone you would like to be considered for the role of Secretary-General.
  • Write op-eds and blog posts, host webinars, record podcasts, and organise letter-writing campaigns.

Learn about the key issues requiring urgent attention, including six basic principles for a post-COVID-19 recovery published in the report Feminist Principles for an International Post-COVID-19 Settlement.

Learn More

Want to know more about the UN Secretary-General section process? Check out these links:

  • Forward is an initiative intended to bring civil society into the process of selecting the next UN Secretary-General
  • 1 for 7 Billion is a collective of more than 750 organisations and 170 million supporters worldwide calling for a better process to select the UN Secretary-General

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

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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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