WILPF Advocacy Documents

Israel, Middle East, Palestine

For Peace in the Middle East

Disarmament | Explosive Weapons | Extraterritorial Obligations | Gender-Based Violence | Human Rights | Human Rights Violations | Migration and Displacement | Militarisation | Participation | Racism | Social and Economic Rights | Women’s Human Rights
5 July 1992
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The 25th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 1-6 July 1992 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia:

(Statement adopted in 1975; last revised in 1991)

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom reaffirms its belief that a lasting peace in the Middle East can only be achieved through agreements among all parties involved in that conflict. We maintain support for an urge:

1. Recognition by all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including their right to an independent state in the territories occupied by Israel in the June 1967 war;

2. Recognition by all parties to the Arab-Israeli conflict of the territorial integrity and security of the State of Israel within the borders based on those before the June 1967 war;

3. Negotiation of agreements to implement 1 and 2 above through an international conference on peace in the Middle East under the auspices of the united Nations, in accordance with General Assembly Resolution 38/58/C of December 1983 and with the equal participation of all parties concerned, including the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), the sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people;

4. That the just solution of all other questions be included in the negotiations of the international conference on the Middle East mentioned under 3;

5. An end to arms transfers by all arms suppliers to all countries in the Middle East;

6. The establishment of the Middle East as a zone free of all weapons of mass destruction.

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. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

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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