WILPF Guides

A WILPF Guide to Leveraging the SDGs for Feminist Peace

July 2020

This guide provides a framework for working on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a feminist peace perspective. It is designed to help activists leverage the SDGs for conflict prevention and human security, by working with governments and others in civil society. 

Where are the Words? A Guide for Civil Society Organisations

June 2020

Our recently released report with LSE WPS, Where are the Words?, shows that Women, Peace and Security resolutions are not being translated into country-specific resolutions. This guide accompanies the report and aims to support activists to strengthen their advocacy and understandings of the UN Security Council and take steps towards holding the UN system accountable for its commitments on the WPS Agenda.


A WILPF Guide to Documenting and Analysing Responses to COVID-19

April 2020

This is a guide on how we can document and analyse the underlying causes of the challenges our communities face in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights key aspects of the responses we need to be paying attention to: inequalities, community need and public interest, economic consequences and bail-out programmes, disaster capitalism, violence, militarisation and repression, and acts of solidarity.


A WILPF Guide to Killer Robots

March 2019

As part of the global Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, WILPF has been at the forefront of calling for a treaty banning autonomous weapons. “Killer robots” are fully autonomous weapon systems. There are significant gender-related implications for killer robots, which WILPF has also highlighted consistently through its advocacy and research.


A WILPF Guide to Feminist Political Economy in Conflict and Post-Conflict Phase (Arabic)

February 2019

We believe that feminist political economy analysis is the key to understanding the underlying causes of conflict and war, and for transforming political, social and economic structures. The guide builds a cohesive understanding of how a feminist political analysis is a powerful tool for peace.
We use our analysis to create dialogues with major multilateral power institutions. These discussions are a basis for moving towards sustainable changes in peace processes through the Women Peace and Security agenda.


Towards a Feminist Security Council

November 2018

Published ahead of the 2019 non-permanent Security Council Members beginning their tenure, this guidance note provides specific guidance to Security Council Members on how to promote a Feminist Security Council Agenda that works for all. It presents means to strengthen existing mechanisms and builds on good practices to start shifting from militarised security towards sustainable feminist peace. It also outlines recommendations and modalities for Council Members to achieve that goal by envisioning what a Feminist Security Council could look like.


A WILPF Guide to Feminist Political Economy

August 2018

This is a guide on how feminist political economy can strengthen feminist analysis of root causes to conflict and help envision pathways to sustainable peace. Our intention is that this publication can help guide practitioners in their discussions and feminist political economy analysis of conflict and post-conflict contexts.


The Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Resource Guide

March 2018

This resource guide on the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty serves as an explanatory document to the treaty. It addresses the gendered aspects of nuclear power and discusses the presentation of gender in the treaty itself. The resource guide additionally presents WILPF’s participation in disarmament initiatives and provides resources to ensure that the Treaty enters into force rapidly and is properly implemented.


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.