WILPF Advocacy Documents


WILPF France on the Terrorist Attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015

14 November 2015
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The French Section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom expresses its compassion and deep regret for the victims of the tragic events of November 13, as well as to their families, friends, and relatives.

These acts of murderous madness are fuelled by a political agenda, with perpetrators manipulating young people who are trained to kill and be killed. Stringent security measures and the state of emergency are necessary measures, which must be limited in time, but they are not sufficient to achieve real safety. Nothing can replace solidarity in fostering lucidity, intelligence and the values of freedom, equality and fraternity, as well as compassion, empathy and dignity. We must apply the motto found on the facades of our schools in order to safeguard social cohesion and our ability to live together in peace. We must strive to solve conflicts between various worldviews through dialogue and non-violence.

Globalisation is a reality, and this type of conflict is becoming globalised. Fanatic and totalitarian forces find fertile grounds on the imbalances that we have created. They use fossil fuels and the criminal networks involved in arms trafficking to achieve their purposes. Ensuring the protection of people depends on genuine sustainable development and on a more equitable sharing of resources.

We must build a culture of peace and make weapons of mass destruction illegal, be they nuclear, chemical or biological.

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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