WILPF Advocacy Documents

International

Human Rights Campaigns

Gender-Based Violence | Health | Human Rights | Human Rights Violations | Justice | Migration and Displacement | Militarisation | Participation | Sexual and Reproductive Rights | Slavery and Forced Labour | Women’s Human Rights
Date/month:
5 August 1995
Document type:
Resolution
Body submitted to:

The 26th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, August 1-6, 1995 in Helsinki, Finland:

The 26th International WILPF Congress calls for

a) Boycotting those business corporations whose labour policies and practices contravene international labour standards as set out in ILO Conventions and other international instruments;

b) Joining the campaigns of human rights advocates working for the application of legislation which support the women victims of rape and incest to obtain justice;

c) Supporting the campaign for obtaining justice for the women who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War;

d) Working in solidarity with human rights groups to expose the practice of rape in war as a war crime;

e) Working in solidarity with oppressed peoples in the Asia‐Pacific region including the people of Tibet, Aceh, West Papua, East Timor Bougainville, the Karen in Burma, the Indigenous people of Australia and all the indigenous peoples of the region for social and economic justice;

f) Supporting peace‐building initiatives in Cambodia as an important barrier to the spread of war in the region.

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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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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