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Getting Ready for the 14th Anniversary of UNSCR1325!

23 October 2014

Next week, WILPF will bring ten women from around the world together to participate in advocacy around the 14th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. This ground breaking resolution obligates the Security Council and other stakeholders to strengthen women’s participation, protection, and rights across the conflict spectrum.

Women peace leaders from conflict affected countries such as Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jordan, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Syria, along with WILPF international conflict-affectedcipate.

These leaders will share their stories, discuss challenges, and strategise on solutions and good practice from the local to the global levels. Together, WILPF will demand action that will strengthen women’s participation and rights for peace.

WILPF Demands Action to Move from Commitments to Accomplishments

This year, the theme of the 14th Anniversary of UNSCR1325 is “Women and Girls as Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons.” WILPF is calling on States to take a holistic approach that addresses key gaps, including meaningful participation, multi-sectorial protection related to forcibly displaced women, women’s human rights defenders, and real conflict prevention.

WILPF will hold and co-sponsor many formal and informal events and meetings. We will host and co-host open meetings on women’s global issues such as Boko Haram and the Middle East North Africa region, closed briefings on Daesh/the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, and consultations on the Swedish National Action Plan and the 2015 Global Review of UNSCR 1325.

Let’s use this opportunity to build momentum for the discussion of 1325 in 2015, when the resolution will celebrate its 15th year, and when the UN will launch new Sustainable Development Goals for our world to strive for.

How You Can Get Involved

There are many ways for you to get involved, whether or not you are in New York.

Join us at an event, share or learn about more on social media with hashtags #UNSCR1325 #WPS #WILPF100 and tweet us at @WILPF or @Peace_Women.

Raise awareness by joining our global Women’s Power to Stop War movement. Ask your government to support WILPF’s demands for stronger prevention and financing, and use our monitoring tools.

Have you or will you participate in advocacy for UNSCR 1325? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

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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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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