Challenge Corporate Power

Corporations hold immense economic power. 63% of the world’s 173 largest economic entities are corporations. The revenue of the biggest corporations can be higher than the value of all goods and services produced by a country. (source According to the Association for Women’s Rights in Development)

The power of corporations and financiers has far outstripped the ability of elected governments to moderate or control them. Slavery and forced labour are widespread and many of the victims are women and children. It is up to states to hold corporations accountable. That is why WILPF, with a collective of 15 organisations, advocates for a treaty initiative to have an international treaty on corporations to hold them accountable to human rights laws. #feminists4bindingtreaty is our rallying hashtag.

WILPF focuses on two aspects of corporate power:

  • The conflict prevention, by examining how corporations can be at the root cause of war.
  • The gender perspective, by pointing out how activities of corporations are not gender-neutral and might cause or even exacerbate gender discrimination because of pre-existing gender roles and structures within the community the business operates in.

[…] the dangerous peculiarity in the situation is the alliance between business in pursuit of profit, and nationalist policies in pursuit of power…the economic alliance between governments and business, where each hand washes the other.

Emily Greene Balch

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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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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