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Upcoming Event in Geneva | Challenging the Bomb

14 January 2016
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This January members of Transform Now Plowshares will be travelling and speaking in Europe to call attention to the nuclear arms race and to articulate the action they took in 2012 (breaking into a US nuclear facility) and why it remains important to continue such nonviolent resistance.

For their Geneva visit WILPF together with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will hold a a debate on “Challenging the bomb: Nonviolent protests and nuclear disarmament on Friday, 22 January 2016, 11.30-13.30 h, in Room II and III at the World Council of Churches, 150 route de Ferney, Geneva.

We will hear from Sister Megan Rice, a peace activist who three and a half years ago broke in a US nuclear base and thereby exposing the risks surrounding nuclear weapons, will join us for a conversation about nonviolent activism, her own experience in 2012, and the urgent need for nuclear disarmament. 

Ray Acheson, Director of WILPF’s Disarmament programme ‘Reaching Critical Will’, will offer an international perspective on the current state of affairs. Further, she will discuss how modernisation in the nuclear-armed states is undermining the prospects of achieving a world free of nuclear weapons and why we need to prohibit nuclear weapons.

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We hope to see you there!

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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 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.

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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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