WILPF Advocacy Documents

WILPF UK Open Letter to the UK Government Regarding Peaceful Processes

Disarmament | Human Rights
Date/month:
7 August 2014
Document type:
Open letter
Body submitted to:

Rt Hon David Cameron MP
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

Dear Prime Minister

This letter is an echo of the resolution sent from the Kingsway Hall to Downing Street In 1914.  We are saying that governments do not build a culture of peace by celebrating war, by pouring money into military cadet training, by recruiting sixteen year olds into the army, and by selling arms to oppressive regimes.

We request the opportunity to meet with three Ministers:

Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to discuss the Government’s overall policy to promote peaceful solutions to the world’s contemporary conflicts.

The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP Defence Secretary to discuss the Government’s operational strategy to promote political solutions to conflict.

The Rt Hon Justine Greening Secretary of State for International Development to discuss how Government policy can promote peaceful development

We would also welcome the opportunity to discuss with you the Government’s policy to promote peaceful solutions to the world’s contemporary conflicts

 

Yours in Peace,

Anne Scott,

Secretary UK WILPF

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. 

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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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