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Getting Ready for the 60th Commission on the Status of Women!

10 March 2016


Next week thousands of women from every corner of the world will converge in New York to share stories, build solidarity, and demand action to strengthen women’s roles, participation, and rights: the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) is almost here!

This year, the priority theme is “Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development” and the review theme is “The elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.”


WILPF is bringing over 40 women from around the world to participate in the CSW, and is holding and co-sponsoring a variety of events, including our March 15th Symposium on “Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: A Roadmap for the 1325 Global Study Recommendations.”

Members and partners are coming from: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Syria, United Kingdom, and United States, as well as international staff.

We will be mobilising to strengthen accountability and to move from an economy of war to an economy of gender justice and sustainable peace. This means addressing the gendered impacts of the global arms trade and integrating gender budgets everywhere. As we have said before, there can be no development without disarmament and women’s full and equal participation and rights!

In a year where the focus is on implementing the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, it is critical to recognise that women’s economic empowerment is a means for conflict prevention. Moving the money away from arms trade and war and redirecting our resources to invest in gender equitable sustainable development is critical for women’s human rights and peace.

In our written statement, we call for “feminist foreign and domestic policy that ensures local action on demilitarisation and women’s human rights for transformative change” as well as for “a change in priorities that invest in women’s human rights, divest from militarism, and safeguard political economies of gender justice and peace rather than economies of inequality and war.”

How you Can Get Involved

There are many ways for you to get involved, whether you are in or out of New York:

Join us at our March 15th symposium or other events, share or learn about it on social media with our hashtags #UNSCR1325, #CSW60 and @WILPF @Peace_Women.

Ask your government to support WILPF’s demands for strengthening accountability and financing development with disarmament, and use our monitoring tools.

Will you participate in CSW or have you in the past? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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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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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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