Focus Countries

Afghanistan

Working in close collaboration with WILPF Afghanistan, WILPF is focused on advocating for the rights of Afghans inside and outside the country, elevating the voices of Afghan women, and ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid to a country in crisis. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

WILPF works together with local and international feminist activists and academics to analyse the peace agreement signed in 1995 as well as the post-conflict reconstruction and recovery processes.

Cameroon

By building a movement of women peacemakers, WILPF Cameroon contributes to social stability. Their impressive work focuses on peacebuilding, demilitarisation, and women’s rights.

Colombia

LIMPAL Colombia works with communities and especially women to understand their situation, and advocates for better representation at a national level.

Korean Peninsula

Although the Korean War (1950-53) no longer consists of active fighting, it has never officially ended. In this joint campaign, WILPF is calling for an end to the Korean War and demanding that women be part of the official peace process.

Nigeria

Using a feminist lens, WILPF Nigeria works to transform the Nigerian political structure and increase women’s participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding decision processes.

Ukraine

By working closely with local Ukrainian women’s organisations, WILPF gets a better understanding of their situation and ensures that their analysis is considered by the international community.

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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