Hajer Sharief, WILPF Partner and Peace Activist from Libya, Briefs UNSC on Libya

Hajer Sharief, WILPF partner and peace activist from Libya briefs UNSC on Libya 2019

Hajer Sharief, the co-founder of WILPF’s national partner in Libya ‘Together We build It’ organisation and an expert for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security as mandated by Security Council resolution 2250, was invited to provide a civil society perspective and recommendations when the Security Council met to discuss the situation in Libya on January 17th, 2018.

‘Together We Build It’ created the Libyan 1325 Network working in different parts of the country, to provide women and youth with a platform for self-development on fields related to human security, countering and prevention of violence extremism. The unique and dedicated peacebuilding work that ‘Together We Build It’ have conducted over the past years as a civil society organisation has inspired many women and youth to become active in promoting peace in Libya.

Building on previous advocacy work, Sharief discussed the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) action plan on Libya, with a specific focus on women. In her statement, she says: “The implementation of every aspect of this plan needs to systematically integrate the two UNSC resolutions 1325 and 2250, which should serve as the guidelines of the implementation of the action plan, to not only position women and youth to lead mediations in resolving and preventing conflicts, but as well as to address structural long term issues that often neglected to sustain peace in Libya.”

Read the full statement here.

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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