WILPF Advocacy Documents

International, South Africa

Rights of the Child

Justice | Youth and Children
Date/month:
24 July 1989
Document type:
Resolution
Body submitted to:

The 24th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 14-25 July, 1989 in Sydney, Australia:

It is resolved that all WILPF Sections should press their governments to ensure that the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is definitely on the Agenda for the next UN General Assembly, that their governments sign the Convention, ratify and implement it.

The British Section would like to draw Congress’ attention to 2 particular parts of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

  1. Protection from economic exploitation and slavery: Children shall have time to rest and play (…) States shall protect the child from economic exploitation and work that may interfere with education or be harmful to health and well-being. We wish to support the efforts of the Indian government in attempts to release 4 million children from ‘slave labour’.
  2. Protection from war and military service: No child shall take any part in hostilities; children exposed to armed conflict shall receive special protection. WILPF wishes to protect children from conscription into the armed forces.
  3. Children must be protected from radioactive contamination through all aspects of the nuclear power and armaments industry, including uranium mining and nuclear testing. Where this has already occurred WILPF will lobby for children to receive compensation from the governments responsible.
  4. WILPF calls for the release of all children imprisoned for political reasons on South Africa.

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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