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How Does Your Government Rank on the WPS Scorecard?

2 November 2015

“It’s no longer about counting the women, but making the women count.”

– Tone Skögen Secretary of State (Norway)

As this monumental month of Women, Peace and Security (WPS)-centred events and anniversaries begins to wrap up, it’s important to look at #OctoberandBeyond.

Ghazal Rahmanpanah
Photo credit: Ghazal Rahmanpanah

 

Today, while the WPS Agenda has been successful in changing the rhetoric and political discourse, it is being undermined by the suffocation of civil society space; by attacks on human rights defenders; and by the lack of accountability against governments that do not ensure women’s full and effective participation.

WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security programme, PeaceWomen, wants to hold governments accountable. In an effort to mobilise advocacy and implement a feminist foreign policy and the WPS Agenda, PeaceWomen has designed a Security Council Scorecard for 2015.

This scorecard provides a systematic assessment on how different governments in the Security Council have implemented feminist foreign policy. Our assessment focuses particularly on the five permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, United Kingdom, United States) and Spain (as the President of the UN Security Council for October 2015).

How does it work?

The indicators are arranged through six categories:

  1. Women’s Political Participation
  2. Military Presence and Dedication to Disarmament
  3. Prevention, Protection, Relief/ Recovery
  4. Security Council Action
  5. Country Action
  6. Funding and Financing

Visit the PeaceWomen website for more information on the Permanent Five Member States and Spain. Don’t forget to share the scorecard on your Facebook and Twitter to help spread the Women, Peace and Agenda!

Click the picture to a view the full scorecard:

China
France
Russian Federation
Spain
UK
US

 

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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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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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