Total and universal disarmament is one of the founding goals of WILPF, and our Disarmament Programme promotes human security and stigmatises the very concept of ‘military security’. The Programme provides information and research, conducts advocacy, and brings a gender perspective in war.
WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme ensure that international peace and security efforts work for women. The Programme, also known under the name PeaceWomen, promotes feminist perspectives on peace and security.
The Human Rights Programme supports local women human rights defenders’ engagement with international human rights bodies, and advocates for respect and protection of human rights in order to achieve peace.
WILPF’s Crisis Response Programme supports women in fragile and conflict-affected countries in their efforts to organise, strategise, and influence. The Programme strengthens engagement with international actors and supports knowledge exchange between women-led local civil society.
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.
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.
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.