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Call for Syrian Applicants: Women Organising for Change in Bosnia and Syria

28 November 2013

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has been working with Syrian women since 2012, and more closely since the beginning of the “Women Organising for Change in Bosnia and Syria” program in June 2013.

The program aims at exchanging lessons and experiences between Syrian and Bosnian women, and strengthening capacities of Syrian and Bosnian women and civil society organisations.

An important milestone of this program is the joint conference in Bosnia that will be held during February 10th to 14th 2014. The conference will admit up to 25 Syrian and 50 Bosnian participants. It will discuss 5 major topics: 1-Access to Justice and Transitional Justice processes; 2-Peace negotiations and women in public life in the post-conflict society; 3-Refugees and the return process; 4-Economic and social rights; 5-Violence against Women.

WILPF International calls for applications from Syrian activists who work in one of the aforementioned 5 topics inside Syria or in the neighbouring counties.

For more information on the conference program, eligibility criteria, selection process, and application form, and for information in Arabic, please click here.

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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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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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