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Help Us Rise for Justice on 14 February 2014

5 February 2014

Did you know that there are still reports of UN Peacekeepers perpetrating serious crimes of sexual violence, including human trafficking, sexual exploitation and rape? The existing mechanisms designed to combat this outrage are not legally binding, so a culture of impunity remains to prevail.

This is why WILPF, together with the V-Day Movement and many other organisations worldwide, are rising to demand justice for victims of sexual violence performed under the watch of peacekeepers on February 2014.

You can rise with us!

On our path to justice ... we rise to end sexual violence happening under the watch of peacekeepers

The paths to justice for victims of these crimes are filled with a myriad of problems and obstacles, such immunities from criminal prosecutions, whistleblower sanctions, and a lack of will from the international community to take action. 

Read and download this Infograph to better understand how the system is supposed to work, what problems victims face in pursuing justice, and possible solutions WILPF and our partners are working on.

Participate in the One Billion Rising Campaign

Friday the 14th of February is the day of the campaign One Billion Rising for Justice and we have joined the campaign by creating a special Facebook cover photo, which we will publish on our Facebook page on the day.

The cover photo promotes our project Paths to Justice and calls attention to the issue of peacekeeping accountabilities.

By downloading and using our Facebook cover photo on Friday, February 14th, you both support the One Billion Rising campaign AND create awareness for the victims of these crimes. 

Download Cover Photo in the right dimensions (851×315 px) 

What to do 

  1. Download the Facebook Cover Photo (see above)
  2. Replace your Facebook Cover Photo with the Campaign Cover Photo
  3. Important: Click on the Cover Photo and add this describing text;

Today One Billion Women and Men are rising to demand justice for survivors of violence.     

We/I are/am rising with them and we/I are/am demanding justice for those who are victims of sexual violence happening under the watch of peacekeepers. Peacekeepers represent us, the international community, and are there to protect and serve the vulnerable community in need of their help. Sexual violence of any kind is never okay and immunity should never be given for these crimes. Ever. Rise with us now.  

What can you do?

1. Click and read here:

2. Share this Cover Photo and become one of the One Billion Rising. Read more about the campaign here:

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Rise with us! We will see you online!

PS: We are curious … let us know if you rise with us, just write if you are with us in the comments below.

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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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