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Geneva Peace Week: Broadening Participation in Peace Processes

17 November 2014

Geneva Peace Week has officially commenced! This means the town will be teeming with events and discussions on the cross-cutting nature of peace, providing the opportunity to maximise synergies between organisations in Geneva.

By involving multiple actors and attempting to break down the compartmentalisation of peace, security, development, human rights, and other categorisations, the Week echoes WILPF’s own integrated approach.

14.11.10.GenevaPeaceWeekWe will be actively participating all week, and are particularly looking forward to the Graduate Institute Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding’s research and book launch on 19 November from 12:30 – 14:00.

The event, titled Broadening Participation in Peace Processes: does it contribute to a more sustainable peace?, is particularly relevant to us because of our own work to promote the inclusion of a wide range of civil society actors before, during, and after conflict.

The panellists will present the Centre’s comparative analysis of 40 case studies, which presents the most extensive research to date on this topic. It will answer questions such as:

–       What are the factors contributing to the quality and sustainability of peace agreements and political transitions?

–       How can broader participation of diverse voices be organised without reducing the effectiveness of the negotiations?

–       Which actors have been included with what kinds of results?

Be sure to attend the event if you are in Geneva, or follow our live tweets during the event!

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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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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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