WILPF Advocacy Documents

International

Submission to CEDAW on Trafficking of Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration

Arm Transfers | Disarmament | Extraterritorial Obligations | Gender-Based Violence | Human Rights | Migration and Displacement | Militarisation | Slavery and Forced Labour
Date/month:
18 February 2019
Document type:
Submission
Body submitted to:
CEDAW

Submitted in original language: English 

WILPF made this submission to the CEDAW Committee’s half-day of general discussion on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration, which was held on 22 February 2019. The purpose of the half-day of general discussion was to prepare the elaboration by the Committee of a General Recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration. In addition to making a written submission, WILPF made an oral statement at that meeting. 

In our contributions, we highlighted the need for the CEDAW Committee to address the critical impact that foreign military bases and military interventions have on trafficking of women and girls. In doing so, we drew, for example, from the analysis in WILPF’s report Remote warfare and sexual violence in Djibouti.

See also 2020 submission on the first version of the draft general recommendation.

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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