Promote Accountability and Gender Justice Without Borders

In this globalised world, human rights violations are cross-borders. Decisions, actions or inactions taken by a country can harm other countries and their people’s life. Today, we face the challenge of ensuring that States’ decisions, actions or inactions do not hinder human rights protection elsewhere. These are defined as extraterritorial obligations.

The arms trade and the extraordinary amount of profit a war can create is a good example to demonstrate how extraterritorial obligations could set up the rules for a framework respecting human rights.

A lot of money is invested in militarism. Those profiting from the production of arms have an interest in sustaining the system of war without paying attention to the human costs. WILPF works to hold states accountable to their human rights obligations, even outside the nation. We challenge war profiteering through extraterritorial obligations.

In order to ensure that human rights are respected everywhere, accountability is key. WILPF has, in the past, brought its concerns of human rights violations to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a means of recognising extraterritorial obligations with Human Rights Law. The Committee consists of 23 experts on women’s rights from around the world. It reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, dignity, and the equal rights of men and women.

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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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