WILPF Advocacy Documents

Resolution on The Human Right to Health and Safe Food

7 May 2015
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The 31st Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, meeting 22-24 April 2015 in The Hague, the Netherlands:

Recalls that health and nutrition are basic rights recognised by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

Alarmed that the modern food production system that relies on inputs such as chemical fertilisers and pesticides causes damage to the soil, crops and to the whole ecosystem;

Understands that since 1993, Monsanto has been aware that even middle and low doses of glyphosate, found in Roundup, can cause malformations, disease and birth defects;

Notes that trace amounts of glyphosate can occur on raw, cooked and processed food and contribute to accumulating body burden of harmful chemicals over a lifetime;

Highlights that critical information on the dire effects of agricultural chemicals has been withheld from the public;

Highlights that women are responsible for the majority of food production and are therefore exposed to exploitation by international corporations;

Argues that by allowing corporate profits based on deception, withholding of information and the failure of nations to regulate the use of harmful products, nations are denying basic human rights;

Asserts that when basic human rights are denied and corporations are allowed to cause devastating effects to the world and its people, political, economic and social instability results, and this undermines the very basis for peace and freedom in the world;

Believes that whereas the current moratorium in the EU on herbicides containing neonicotinoids, produced by Bayer AG Germany, NIPPON Soda Ltd Japan and DuPont US among others, demonstrates that such measures are feasible and that citizen action can inspire such decisions;

Calls for the ban of all glyphosate-based herbicides;

Insists that those corporations and governments that have dispersed these poisons be liable for clean up and compensation for impacts on human health;

Pledge to collaborate with other organisations that address these concerns.

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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