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Peace May Be Our Goal, but Justice Needs to Be Our Objective – A Message from Melissa I. M. Torres, WILPF Vice President

September 2022

As this year’s celebration of the International Day of Peace comes to an end, we continue our work towards justice – work that is often behind the scenes, in silence, policed, and often unsupported – throughout the rest of the year. Of course, those of us doing this work…

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International Day of Peace 2022: End Racism. Build Peace – A Message from Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo, International President

September 2022

On this International Day of Peace, we celebrate a special occasion that resonates with more than a hundred years of action, reflection, and cooperation at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Altogether, across the world, we dedicate 24 hours to a single goal, one that drives…

Extraordinary Session of the International Congress (ESIC)

September 2022

Image credit: Sergey Zolkin WILPF’s International Board has called for an extraordinary Session of the International Congress to fill the vacancy of Regional Representative and Alternate Regional Representative for the South Asia region. The ESIC will not be a meeting but an online voting poll. Congress delegates and alternates should…

WILPF Constitution and By-Laws

September 2022

WILPF Constitution and By-Laws set the principles and objectives of the organisation and define WILPF’s governance structure. The Constitution and By-Laws was last amended on 24 July 2022 at WILPF’s 33rd International Congress….

A Climate of Insecurity for COP 27: How the West has Militarised and Impoverished the African Continent

September 2022

Français ci-dessous اللغة العربية أدناه In solidarity with the Month of Action against US AFRICOM #ShutDownAFRICOM How is the West militarising the African continent, and why does this prevent countries in the region to adapt to climate change and ensure the well-being of its people? Join us in the…

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Peace Is Solidarity – A Message from Jamila Afghani, WILPF Vice President

September 2022

Dear sisters, This week we will observe International Peace Day – when wars are getting wider in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Armenia, Palestinian, and many more countries are flooded, many others are facing hunger and unrest and so many more face different kinds of problems. Here I want to amplify the…

A More Generous Embrace?

September 2022

Join us for an essential talk to mark the launch of a new report to understand why the consequences of neglecting boys’ and men’s needs in armed crises are not just disastrous to them, but also puts women and girls at additional risks. Panellists will discuss why addressing this…

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WILPF Welcomes Ten New Sections

September 2022

The feminist peace movement is constantly growing! At the 33rd International Congress in July, WILPF welcomed 10 new Sections to its global community of feminist peace activists.   Sections are the cornerstone of the WILPF movement as they shape the organisation’s work and strategic priorities at the global and local…

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Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Manager Position

September 2022

The Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Manager should be a highly motivated and politically driven individual with feminist, anti-racist and inclusive ways of working. The WPS Manager should have demonstrated skills in fundraising and advocacy, including international, regional and/or national level advocacy; experience in multicultural settings; experience in conflict…

Melissa Torres


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 the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. 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


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


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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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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