WILPF Advocacy Documents

Israel, Middle East

Middle East

Extraterritorial Obligations | Human Rights | Militarisation | Social and Economic Rights
Date/month:
29 July 1965
Document type:
Resolution
Body submitted to:

The 16th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 26-31 July, 1965 in The Hague, Holland:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom,

Directs attention to the recommendations made in 1958 by the WILPF International Executive designed to broaden the knowledge of the problems of the Middle East through increasing contacts by members with the peoples of the State of Israel and of the Arab countries, and through cooperation by members in projects involving both Israelis and Arabs;

Notes the action of the 1959 Congress agreeing to the establishment of a WILPF Middle East Fund, which would make it possible for the League to undertake missions of fact-finding and reconciliation by a group of WILPF members;

Believing that the League has a responsibility for obtaining unbiased, objective information as to the causes of tension in the Middle East, and for furnishing such information to its members as the basis for expanding the Leagues activities in this area, particularly in connection with the refugee problem;

Recommends to the International Executive that every possible effort be made to implement the action of the 1959 Congress in establishing the Middle East Fund.

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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