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A Climate of Insecurity for COP 27: How the West has Militarised and Impoverished the African Continent

4 October , 2022 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

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How is the West militarising the African continent, and why does this prevent countries in the region to adapt to climate change and ensure the well-being of its people?

Join us in the second webinar of our series “A Climate of Insecurity for COP27” where we will explore how military alliances such as NATO and US AFRICOM are militarising the African continent. Africa is the continent hit hardest by the climate crisis and is already experiencing severe droughts, desertification, worsening heat and water, and food insecurity. Instead of helping Africa adapt and become more resilient, the US and NATO allies are exporting arms, training security forces, conducting destabilising military operations, and increasing tension causing a climate of insecurity across the continent. The issue of Western militarism exacerbating the climate emergency cannot be overlooked in the lead up to COP 27. It is important to consider that the climate summit in November will be taking place in Egypt, which borders Libya. In 2011, NATO forces bombed and helped to overthrow the government of Libya, which was one of Africa’s richest countries. A decade later as a result of the NATO intervention, Libya is suffering from a civil war and refugee crisis that makes it more challenging for the country to deal with climate-induced extreme drought and dust storms. There is a crucial connection between Western militarism and climate injustice across the African continent.

For background, please see Djibo Subukwe’s article “NATO and Africa: A Relationship of Colonial Violence and Structural White Supremacy” as well as Margaret Kimberley’s interview “Blacks must oppose US AFRICOM” and Abayomi Azikiwe’s “Africa Remains at the Center of a 21st Century Cold War”.

  • Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2022
  • Time: 7PM CEST/5PM CAT/1PM EDT
  • Moderator: Tamara Lorincz, WILPF Environment Working Group Convener
  • Speakers: Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire
    Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe
    Mpiwa Mangwiro, WILPF South Africa
  • Languages: Interpretation will be available in English, French, and Arabic.


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Un climat d’insécurité pour la COP 27 : comment l’Occident a militarisé et appauvri le continent Africain

Rejoignez-nous pour le deuxième webinaire de notre série “Un climat d’insécurité pour la COP27” où nous explorerons comment les alliances militaires telles que l’OTAN et l’US AFRICOM militarisent le continent africain. L’Afrique est le continent le plus durement touché par la crise climatique et connaît déjà de graves sécheresses, la désertification, l’aggravation de la chaleur, le manque d’eau, et l’insécurité alimentaire. Au lieu d’aider l’Afrique à s’adapter et à devenir plus résiliente, les États-Unis et leurs alliés de l’OTAN exportent des armes, forment des forces de sécurité, mènent des opérations militaires déstabilisantes et augmentent les tensions, créant ainsi un climat d’insécurité sur le continent. La question du militarisme occidental qui exacerbe l’urgence climatique ne peut être négligée dans la perspective de la COP 27. Il est important de considérer que le sommet sur le climat de novembre aura lieu en Égypte, pays limitrophe de la Libye. En 2011, les forces de l’OTAN ont bombardé et contribué à renverser le gouvernement de la Libye, qui était l’un des pays les plus riches d’Afrique. Dix ans plus tard, à la suite de l’intervention de l’OTAN, la Libye souffre d’une guerre civile et d’une crise des réfugiés•ées qui rend plus difficile pour le pays de faire face à la sécheresse extrême et aux tempêtes de poussière induites par le climat. Il existe un lien crucial entre le militarisme occidental et l’injustice climatique sur le continent africain.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter l’article de Djibo Subukwe intitulé “NATO and Africa : A Relationship of Colonial Violence and Structural White Supremacy” ainsi que l’interview de Margaret Kimberley “Blacks must oppose US AFRICOM” et l’article d’Abayomi Azikiwe “Africa Remains at the Center of a 21st Century Cold War”.

  • Mardi, 4 Octobre 2022
  • Heure : 19 h CEST/5 h CAT/1 h EDT
  • Modératrice : Tamara Lorincz, responsable du groupe de travail sur l’environnement de la WILPF.
  • Intervenants•es : Abayomi Azikiwe, Pan-African News Wire (en anglais), Edwick Madzimure, WILPF Zimbabwe, Mpiwa Mangwiro, WILPF Afrique du Sud
  • Langues : L’interprétation sera disponible en anglais, français et arabe.
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 مناخ من انعدام الأمن تحضيراً لمؤتمر الأمم المتحدة المعني بتغير المناخ – كيف يجعل الغرب القارة الأفريقية أكثر عسكرة وفقرا؟ 

4 أكتوبر – 7:00 مساءً 8:30 مساءً

كيف يقوم الغرب بعسكرة القارة الأفريقية، ولماذا يمنع ذلك دول المنطقة من التكيف مع تغير المناخ وضمان رفاهية شعوبها؟

انضم/ي إلينا في الندوة الثانية من سلسلتنا “مناخ من انعدام الأمن” تحضيرا لمؤتمر الأمم المتحدة المعني بتغير المناخ (COP27) حيث سنستكشف كيف تقوم التحالفات العسكرية مثل الناتو وأفريكوم الأمريكية بعسكرة القارة الأفريقية.

إن أفريقيا هي القارة الأكثر تضررا من أزمة المناخ، وتعاني بالفعل من الجفاف الشديد والتصحر وتفاقم أزمات الحرارة والمياه وانعدام الأمن الغذائي. وبدلاً من مساعدة إفريقيا على التكيف، تقوم الولايات المتحدة وحلفاء الناتو بتصدير الأسلحة إليها وتدريب قوات الأمن والقيام بعمليات عسكرية مزعزعة للاستقرار وزيادة التوتر الذي يتسبب في مناخ من انعدام الأمن في جميع أنحاء القارة. 

في الفترة التي تسبق الدورة السابعة والعشرين لمؤتمر المناخ، لا يمكن التغاضي عن قضية العسكرة الغربية التي تؤدي إلى تفاقم حالة الطوارئ المناخية. من المهم أن نركز على أن قمة المناخ في نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني ستنعقد في مصر، والتي تقع على الحدود مع ليبيا. في عام ٢٠١١ قصفت قوات الناتو وساعدت في الإطاحة بحكومة ليبيا، التي كانت واحدة من أغنى دول إفريقيا. بعد عقد من الزمن ونتيجة لتدخل الناتو، تعاني ليبيا من حرب أهلية وأزمة لاجئين/ات تجعل من الصعب على البلاد التعامل مع الجفاف الشديد والعواصف الترابية الناجمة عن تغير المناخ. هناك علاقة قوية بين النزعة العسكرية الغربية والظلم المناخي عبر القارة الأفريقية.

لمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى الاطلاع على مقال جيبو سوبوكوي “الناتو وإفريقيا: علاقة العنف الاستعماري والتفوق البنيوي الأبيض”، وكذلك مقابلة مارغريت كيمبرلي بعنوان “يجب على السود معارضة أفريكوم الأمريكية”، و مقال أبيومي أزيكيوي بعنوان “أفريقيا لا تزال في قلب الحرب الباردة في القرن الحادي والعشرين”.

التاريخ: الثلاثاء ٤ أكتوبر ٢٠٢٢الوقت:٧ مساءً بتوقيت وسط أوروبا / ٥ مساءً بتوقيت وسط أفريقيا / ١ مساءً بتوقيت شرق الولايات المتحدة

تدير الحوار: تمارا لورينكز، منسقة مجموعة عمل البيئة في رابطة النساء الدولية للسلام والحرية

المتحدثون/ات: أبيومي أزيكيوي –  بان افريكان نيوز واير

إدويك مادزيمور –  رابطة النساء الدولية للسلام والحرية، فرع زمبابوي

مبيوا مانجويرو – رابطة النساء الدولية للسلام والحرية، فرع جنوب إفريقيا

اللغات: الترجمة الفورية ستكون متوفرة باللغات الإنجليزية والفرنسية والعربية.

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Melissa Torres

VICE-PRESIDENT

Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani

VICE-PRESIDENT

Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo

PRESIDENT

Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

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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