WILPF Advocacy Documents

International

The Arms Race and Development

Arm Transfers | Chemical Weapons | Disarmament | Explosive Weapons | Human Rights | Nuclear Weapons | Participation
Date/month:
5 August 1983
Document type:
Resolution
Body submitted to:

The 22nd Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 31 July – 6 August, 1983 in Göteborg, Sweden:

Whereas development is a process of individual and social betterment of people by providing them with an improved quality of life in the fullest sense,

Whereas the right to development implies a respect of all human rights, economic, social, cultural, civil and political development process,

Whereas it is demonstrable that the arms race is a part of the larger issue of injustices in international economic relations, there being close links between disarmament and peace and the present crisis of development with a growing share of the world’s resources going toward armaments rather than basic needs such as foods, shelter, clothing, health care, etc.

It is hereby resolved that WILPF encourages all its members to study seriously the links between the arms race and the present crisis of development and recognize the need to eliminate the conflicts of war and injustices and understand the urgency to take steps to switch to a new type of development based on appropriate products and technology and on the conservation of resources.

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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