WILPF Advocacy Documents

Colombia

Statement on Colombia

Arm Transfers | Gender-Based Violence | Human Rights | Human Rights Violations | Justice | Militarisation | Participation | Racism | Social and Economic Rights | Women’s Human Rights
Date/month:
3 August 2001
Document type:
Resolution
Body submitted to:

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom IEC held in lieu of the 27th Triennial Congress, July 27-August 3, 2001 in Geneva, Switzerland:

WILPF International Executive Committee Meeting 2001 reaffirms all previous resolutions on the situation in Colombia. WILPF deplores the grave and systematic violations of human rights and international law that persist in the country.

WILPF calls for the full implementation of the recommendations made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mrs. Mary Robinson in her most recent report (ECN/4/2000/15).

WILPF supports the call by the President of the 57th UN Commission on Human Rights, Ambassador Despuy for human rights offices to be established throughout Colombia, for the international community to enter the negotiations, the establishment of an independent verification mechanism for the violation of human rights, quick investigations of guilty parties for violations of human rights, a humanitarian accord to lead to a cease fire, greater efforts to suppress paramilitary groups, and the destruction of economic entities that are supporting their efforts.

WILPF reiterates its support for peace negotiations between the government and Colombian guerrilla forces

WILPF calls on the Colombian government to fulfill international treaties and conventions for the protection of fundamental rights of the citizens of Colombia, to fully respect the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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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