WILPF Advocacy Documents

Asia, Middle East, South America

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

Human Rights | Social and Economic Rights | Youth and Children
17 August 1949
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The 11th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 15-19 August, 1949 in Copenhagen, Denmark:

The International Executive Committee of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, assembled at Copenhagen, August 20/21, 1949,

Warmly commends the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund for its distribution of vital supplies to children, guided by only one consideration, the children’s urgent need.

Endorsing the former principle of giving priority to the child victims of aggression, we are gratified to note the extension of the program of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund into countries of Latin America, the Near East and the Far East. 

Commending particularly the addition of child health to the program of the UN’s International Children’s Emergency Fund through its close cooperation with the World Health Organization, we urge that the cooperation, counsel and services of other Specialized Agencies of the United Nations be utilized in building an overall program for children.

Cognizant of the resolutions of the Third General Assembly which asked governments to make further contributions to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund and peoples to conduct a Second United Nations Appeal for Children, we urge:

I) That consideration be given to the successful money raising activities of volunteer groups in more than forty countries participating in the First Appeal, and

II) That the further cooperation of these groups be secured by including at the earliest possible date all these countries in the benefits of the United nations International Children’s Emergency Fund distribution.

We further recommend that a more unified children’s agency be developed within the United Nations, working as a permanent fund, not an emergency fund, supported by the appropriations of the Governments of the member nations, volunteer organizations and individuals throughout the world and administered for the world’s children. 

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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