In Country

WILPF members come from all over the world. It is in National Sections and National Groups that members get together, inspire each other and coordinate actions to eradicate the root causes of war.

We currently have 32 Sections and 13 Groups across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the MENA region.

In countries where no National Section or National Group exists, people join WILPF as international members and conduct peace-building activities in the geographical region where they reside.

What's New?

As at the beginning of each year, we like to take the time to reflect on the year we have been through, our victories, our challenges, our moments of fear and joy. This practice is a great way to evaluate how far we’ve come and to adjust our trajectory so that we are always closer to our goal: a future of feminist peace, for all.
Like every year, we like to share all this with you and we are not breaking the rule. See you next week!

What Happened In 2021?

2021 was a year of determination, courage and solidarity. A year of resistance in a context that we would have preferred to never experience.

Despite everything, despite the difficulties, the crises, the menaces, and the apprehensions, we have been able to find the resources within ourselves to continue our movement of solidarity and to join our efforts, again and again, for peace, justice, and equality. Everywhere on earth, for everyone.

Every member, every Group, every Section, every staff and partner of WILPF have dedicated, once again, 365 days of their year to feminist peace. We are extremely grateful to them and they deserve to be known for their achievements. For this reason, we are sharing with you the stories we have gathered from our community. May they inspire you and give you strength for 2022.

IPB Congress Barcelona
Nordic meeting in Gothenburg
Webinar on the human rights impact of AWS with a focus on Africa
LIMPAL Colombia Feminist School
Voices from WILPF Australia webinar say - AUSTRALIA, SIGN! #nuclearban
Killer Robots Campaign
Conference to mobilise and reflect on issues related to peacebuilding, security and inclusive sustainable development
Africa Regional Conference
WILPF Austria's launch in Vienna
End the Korean War Campaign
Nationwide campaign to demand the federal government to stop the purchase of new fighter jets
Commemoration of 76 years after the bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki
TPNW celebrations
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By joining WILPF today, you will join a diverse network of women (and men) in 45 countries around the world. Our members include academics, students, researchers, activists, feminists, and many others.

To join WILPF you can either sign up with a National Section and National Group or through WILPF International Secretariat. Check if WILPF is already present in your country and if not, join our movement as an international member.

Only together can we create change for a different future – one that is brighter, bolder, and better for all.

WILPF Burkina Faso Group

Members of WILPF Burkina Faso engaged in multiple projects together with other civil society actors, including advocacy training on the risks of explosive devices and on the promotion of the rights of children. The Group also actively participated in the WILPF African Regional Conference and took the opportunity to gather representatives from different corners of the country for a weekend of brainstorming and planning.

WILPF Chad

Members of WILPF Chad took part in a yearly retreat in honour of International Women’s Day. The retreat offered participants the space to share their experiences and observations of women’s living conditions in Chad, as well as training on the causes and consequences of small arms proliferation in local communities. Members of WILPF Chad also partook in a march that the Section organised alongside other women’s organisations to advocate for an end to violence against women and impunity for its perpetrators, in addition to further mobilising for the abolition of female genital mutilation.

WILPF Kenya

In 2021, WILPF Kenya continued its work against gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide, as well as for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and UN Resolution 1325. For example, the Section implemented a Kenyan Stakeholder Analysis on Women, Peace and Security, advocated for the destigmatisation of menstruation, and organised a webinar on the Kenyan perspective on small arms in collaboration with the Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control (GENSAC). 

WILPF Senegal Group

2021 was a crucial year for WILPF Senegal as the group continued to build up its work and constituency. In October the group hosted a series of meetings with Sylvie Jacqueline Ndonmo, Regional Representative and President of WILPF Cameroon, to foster cooperation between WILPF Groups and Sections, strengthen WILPF Senegal, and participate in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. In 2021, the Group also advocated for access and land security for women in order to raise awareness and mobilise the local public of the Taiba Ndiaye community on this issue. 

WILPF Uganda

During the unrest leading up to the 2021 elections, WILPF Uganda sought to mentor youth and urge them to spread the message about the importance of maintaining peace. Together with other African Sections and Groups, WILPF Uganda also participated in the WILPF African Regional Conference. 

WILPF Burundi Group

WILPF Burundi actively participated in the Stop Killer Robots Campaign. With an emphasis on the participation of youth, the Group organised a workshop and set up channels of communication with members to discuss and determine possible action to push for bans on killer robots. The Group also participated in the WILPF African Regional Conference to exchange experiences with fellow WILPFers but also to discuss the progress of WILPF Burundi and its future perspectives.

WILPF DRC

WILPF DRC participated in numerous projects alongside other African Sections. For example, WILPF DRC has partnered with WILPF Cameroon to research the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on domestic violence in the DRC. The Section has also played an integral part in WILPF’s initiative to mobilise men for feminist peace. As part of this initiative, realised in partnership with the MenEngage Alliance, the Section has worked to identify the factors that shape militarised masculinities and how militarisation manifests in everyday settings, like artisanal mines, and negatively impacts women. Building on a previously published report, the Section shared its findings alongside other Sections at a webinar on the mobilisation of men for feminist peace.

WILPF Niger Group

In 2021, WILPF Niger Group, in collaboration with other NGOs, submitted a report for the third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Niger. The report centres around early and forced marriages, girls’ right to education, women’s participation in political and public life, conflict prevention, and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Moreover, WILPF Niger Group also participated in the WILPF African Regional Conference, organised a public conference on women’s role in the fight against the proliferation of firearms, and continued to engage with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). 

WILPF Sierra Leone Group

WILPF Sierra Leone continued to focus on strengthening movement building by attracting, recruiting, introducing, and engaging young people with the Group and the broader WILPF movement. By engaging women’s and youth groups, WILPF Sierra Leone Group continues to establish a culture-building approach of movement building that helps to change patterns of gender inequality and violations of women’s human rights.

WILPF Zimbabwe

WILPF Zimbabwe followed up on activities of previous years and strengthened men’s commitment to women’s rights, gender equality, and peace in partnership with MenEngage Alliance. In 2021, the Section also focused on campaigning against killer robots by participating in WILPF Cameroon’s webinar “Human Rights and Killer Robots”, and organising workshops for civil society and government representatives on various aspects of killer robots, including the gendered dimension. WILPF Zimbabwe also submitted a report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Zimbabwe providing recommendations relating to the impacts of the economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ rights.

WILPF Cameroon

WILPF Cameroon established a Legal and Judicial Assistance Clinic in July 2021 to provide legal support to vulnerable populations and education on human rights, among other services. With this clinic and other civil society organisations, the Section hosted numerous workshops. Among them was a workshop to increase awareness of the dangers of artificial intelligence, a workshop to train youth on the use of digital communications to affect change, and a workshop for researchers working on militarised masculinities. Notably, the Section also hosted a workshop focusing on the contributions of civil society organisations to the development of Cameroon’s UNSCR 1325 National Action Plan.

WILPF Ghana

WILPF Ghana has been actively involved in the Stop Killer Robots Campaign. One of its most prominent initiatives has been the “Arts for Peace,” which uses different mediums to advocate for a ban on the use of killer robots. The Section has also promoted public awareness on the subject through rallies, press conferences, and community workshops. The Section has worked to promote and highlight the role of women in disarmament, holding several online presentations and seminars on the topic. These emphasised the role of women’s leadership in small arms control, and were realised with funds from the Gender Equality Network for Small Arms Control (GENSAC).

WILPF Nigeria

WILPF Nigeria, in collaboration with the Ministry of Gender Affairs and Social Development, organised a stakeholder consultive meeting on the Women, Peace, and Security framework for Enugu State. The Section also campaigned against rape culture and participated in the review of the Nigerian Constitution. In the run-up to the elections, WILPF Nigeria continued to implement the Women’s Situation Room Nigeria (WSRN) Early Warning Centre on the prevention of violence against women in elections and reported on the elections.

WILPF Sudan Group

In the midst of the intensified political crisis, WILPF Sudan participated in demonstrations in support for the civil government and the democratic transition. In solidarity with other Sections and Groups, WILPF Sudan also contributed to an open letter addressing the horrific level of violence against women and girls in Tigray, as well as a call for peace in Afghanistan. In spite of the challenging situation in the country, WILPF Sudan participated in the WILPF African Regional Conference. 

WILPF CAR Group

WILPF CAR participated in a number of awareness-raising campaigns. On one occasion, for instance, the Group organised an event in one city to raise awareness about the illegal use of weapons in their neighbourhoods. On another, the Group organised a workshop at a local high school to raise awareness about WILPF’s work in the context of national conflict. The Group is also one of multiple partners of the MenEngage Alliance on a journey to deconstruct militarised masculinities and further men’s support for gender equality and peace.

WILPF Guinea Group

WILPF Guinea officially joined as a Group in October with the aim of encouraging the participation of Guinean women in peacebuilding processes and the defense of rights and freedoms. As part of its first steps, the Group organised a workshop leading up to the WILPF African Regional Conference, in which participants learned more about WILPF and the opportunities for Guinean women’s mobilisation and involvement.

WILPF Cote d’Ivoire Group

WILPF Cote d’Ivoire participated in the WILPF African Regional Conference in November 2021. Importantly, the Group organised two workshops around the conference intended to raise awareness of WILPF’s activities and their relevance to Cote d’Ivoire’s socio-political context. For example, these workshops dealt with the participation of women in the provision of security. Participants identified the opportunities and challenges for mobilisation on this issue in the region, simultaneously encouraging interpersonal and inter-organisational dialogue.

WILPF Togo Group

Under the motto “Women are mediators of peace”, the WILPF Togo Group sensitised women of Dégomé to the important role they play in maintaining peace and preventing conflicts. In doing so, WILPF Togo Group aimed to strengthen peace within communities as a basis for security for all people and to contribute to a sustainable peace based on justice and freedom. In 2021, the Group also strengthened its communication infrastructure, initiated capacity-building activities, and contributed to the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

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. 

WILPF India

Among its activities in 2021, WILPF India organised several educational community events. In honour of International Women’s Day, for instance, the Section ran a full-day seminar that addressed WILPF’s work, the challenges that women face in India, and avenues for action and learning. Later in the year, the Section also organised another event – this one a lecture titled “Social Reconstruction of Gender”.

WILPF Japan

WILPF Japan celebrated its 100th birthday in 2021. For Japan, nuclear power plants continue to be a pressing issue, and the Section has continued to mobilise for nuclear abolition. For example, members of the Section put together a documentary that highlights the experiences of residents of Fukushima, the site of a major nuclear power plant incident in 2019. The Section also issued a statement denouncing the government’s decision to release the contaminated water from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Members of WILPF Japan also prepared various materials to commemorate nuclear events, including the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagaski during the Second World War, as well as the 10th anniversary of the nuclear crisis that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.

WILPF Sri Lanka Group

WILPF Sri Lanka Group participated in both a statement of solidarity for Afghanistan and a statement on the events in Sheikh Jarrah and across Palestine. The Group mobilises mainly on social media and launched, for example, a social media campaign with videos on men’s commitment to gender equality. In addition, WILPF Sri Lanka focused on intergenerational work and implemented a project to engage young WILPF members to support their leadership development journey and strengthen women’s self-help groups in selected districts.

WILPF Aotearoa

WILPF Aotearoa celebrated the implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January 2021. The Section also partook in a webinar titled Feminist Critiques of Militarisation to discuss their work on disarmament and the risk of militarisation in their region. Notably, WILPF Aotearoa denounced the government’s militarised budget in a report titled Towards a Feminist Budget. The report outlines the costs of maintaining the military and the negative consequences that this has on women, as well as society more broadly. Their report emphasises the need for a feminist budget, outlining the ways in which government money could be otherwise – and better – spent.

WILPF Australia

WILPF Australia used numerous mediums to advocate for demilitarisation in 2021. The Section celebrated the implementation of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with a webinar to “Celebrate a Nuclear Weapon-Free Future”. The Section also released a research report titled “Militarisation in Australia: Normalisation and Mythology,” which identified how national militarisation is a cause for concern. Building on this report, the Section launched a Demilitarisation Campaign in October to promote alternatives to Australia’s current militarised objectives.

WILPF Lebanon

Despite the deepening economic crisis in the country, WILPF Lebanon remained involved in various activities throughout 2021. For example, the Section worked in partnership with MenEngage Alliance to understand how men can support women’s rights, gender equality, and peace. WILPF Lebanon also organised a webinar on challenges and hopes in the current situation in Lebanon and a discussion on the topic of current challenges in the Middle East in cooperation with WILPF Palestine and WILPF Germany. In addition, the Section published a statement on the current struggle for justice and security in Lebanon. 

WILPF Palestine

In the run-up to the (later cancelled) 2021 elections, WILPF Palestine actively campaigned for women’s political participation. In addition, in light of the events happening in Sheik Jarah, the Section organised both a talk with a woman whose home was confiscated and a webinar on the situation and the ongoing and escalating violence in Palestine, as well as on the long history of WILPF’s involvement in the region. WILPF Palestine also participated in a joint statement on the release of women peacebuilders, prisoners of war, and human rights defenders from prison.

WILPF Austria Group

After a decade-long break, WILPF Austria celebrated its re-establishment with an event that looked back at the commitment of our foremothers. In collaboration with WILPF Germany, the Group also published a statement on Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, and, in light of the events in Afghanistan, engaged in a joint declaration of solidarity. 

WILPF Germany

In 2021, WILPF Germany engaged in various conferences, webinars, statements, and advocacy work. The Section delivered multiple (joint) statements on a wide range of issues, including the release of women peacebuilders, prisoners of war, and human rights defenders from detention, AfghanistanMyanmarInternational Women’s Dayviolence in Palestine and Israel, and Turkey’s withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention. The Section also participated in the IPB World Congress, discussed global militarisation, peace policies, and security, the events in Myanmar, and the connection between disarmament and climate justice in webinars, and published research reports and policy briefs on Germany’s foreign and (dis)armament policy. In addition, the Section took part in an online meeting with women from Belarus, and awarded the Rebel Against War – Anita Augspurg Prize to Efi Latsoudi. Section members can also be heard regularly live on Radio Lora.

WILPF Norway

To focus on peaceful solutions for fruitful relations between Nordic countries and Russia, WILPF Norway hosted a seminar about Nordic-Russian relations in November 2021. Moreover, the Stavanger Group of WILPF Norway planned a Peace Posters Exhibition in December in collaboration with the City Cultural Department of Stavanger. In addition, the Section participated in the Nordic meeting in Gothenburg. In light of the events taking place in Afghanistan, the Section also contributed to a collective solidarity statement

WILPF Switzerland

In commemoration of the nuclear bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Section participated in memorial ceremonies across the country. The Section also organised multiple screenings of the film “The Pacifist” about the life of Gertrud Woker, co-founder of WILPF and WILPF Switzerland. WILPF Switzerland also took part in a pan-European WILPF meeting in July, and co-organised the 4th Swiss Peace Conference in June. 

WILPF Denmark

WILPF Denmark’s activity has largely focused on the questions of nuclear armament. Members from the Section joined WILPFers from other Nordic Sections for a meeting to discuss nuclear militarisation, relations to Russia, the 2022 WILPF Congress and human refugee policy and safe migration. The Section also partnered with WILPF Finland to issue a statement calling on Nordic governments to act on a proposal to establish a Nordic nuclear-weapon-free zone.

WILPF Italy

In partnership with local peace and environmental activists, WILPF Italy has continued its “Make Cheese, Not War” campaign, advocating for a Sardinian arms factory to be turned into a regional dairy centre. The Section has also continued to push for disarmament in other ways as well, calling on the Italian parliament to ratify the UN Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and launching initiatives for anti-nuclear coordination in Europe. Notably, the Section also mobilised for COP26, emphasising feminist action for climate justice.

WILPF Sweden

WILPF Sweden continues to mobilise the Swedish public and government to ban killer robots. In 2021, the Section held a workshop for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on killer robots and gender, produced information materials for WILPFers and the public, featured in a Channel 4 news piece, mobilised other civil society organisations, and organised an Instagram Live on killer robots and regional gendered aspects with WILPF Ghana. WILPF Sweden also launched a project on environment, feminism, disarmament, and militarisation. Part of this project was a series of webinars, interviews, and local projects in branches. In addition, the Section participated, among other things, in a joint statement on International Women’s Day, the celebrations of the entry into force of the TPNW, the WILPF Nordic-Russian seminar, and advocacy on the events in Afghanistan, and organised a fully digital WILPF Sweden Congress

WILPF UK

WILPF UK continued to engage in the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. In this context, the Section made a submission to the Foreign Affairs Committee calling for a legally binding instrument to pre-emptively ban Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS). WILPF UK also organised an exhibition on COP26 and presented an online art exhibition entitled “Peace No Nukes” to celebrate the entry into force of the TPNW. Moreover, the Section followed up on 2020 activities and continued its social media series on the impacts of COVID-19 in various countries, and planned both the screening of the film “Objector” for the International Conscientious Objectors Day and a seminar about women and peacebuilding in Cyprus.

WILPF Finland

WILPF Finland has continued its work on nuclear disarmament alongside other Nordic WILPF Sections. For example, WILPF Finland recently participated in a seminar focused on promoting peaceful Nordic-Russian relations, strategies, and resolutions. Members from this Section also joined WILPFers from the other Nordic Sections at a meeting in Gothenberg to discuss Russian relations and nuclear militarisation. Notably, the Section also partnered with other Nordic WILPF Sections to issue a statement calling on Nordic governments to act to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear weapons and establish a Nordic nuclear weapon-free zone.

WILPF Netherlands

WILPF Netherlands is increasingly organising around the issue of killer robots and armament. In 2021, the Section prepared a public awareness and advocacy handout to be used in the run-up to the Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. In the lead-up to the national elections, WILPF Netherlands also investigated what the election manifestos of the Dutch parties say about killer robots and nuclear weapons. In addition, the Section organised a “No-To-NATO” action week

WILPF Spain

WILPF Spain’s advocacy took a number of different forms in 2021. Like other Sections, WILPF Spain has called on the Spanish government to sign the Treaty on the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, making monthly blog posts on the issue of nuclear weapons as part of its campaign. The Section also issued statements and wrote letters to Spanish government officials on numerous issues, highlighting the role that EU arms exports were playing in the National Strike in Colombia, for instance, and calling on the Spanish government to intensify its diplomatic efforts to achieve peace in Afghanistan in light of the deteriorating security situations in these countries. Members of WILPF Spain also published a report titled “The Human Rights of Seasonal Migrant Women in Andalusia,” which investigated the abuses committed against Moroccan seasonal workers in the Andalusian region of Spain. 

WILPF Argentina Group

WILPF Argentina held seminars to train new leaders in communication technologies and on UNSCR 1325. The project was conducted over a six-month period, with workshops for women leaders and youth. The workshops aimed to train women leaders on communication, community development, and social policies. In doing so, they provided participants with tools to support their decision-making capacity and income-generating activities in order to help alleviate social and economic poverty.

WILPF Colombia

2021 marked WILPF Colombia’s (LIMPAL Colombia) 23rd birthday as well as a year of struggle within the country. The Section actively responded to the violent reaction of security forces to the National Strike, issuing its own statement and signing others alongside other activists and human rights organisations. LIMPAL Colombia has also developed and engaged in multiple grassroots projects. For example, the Section held several workshops for the young daughters of women community/social leaders to teach them about gender and women’s mobilisation, and created several spaces through workshops and meetings for women community/social leaders themselves. The Section has also worked hard on a new YouTube series called Transgresoras that highlights the experiences of women working to secure human rights and mobilising against militarisation in Colombia. Notably, the Section has also used its social media platforms to consistently push for reproductive rights and the decriminalisation of abortion in the country.

WILPF Costa Rica

WILPF Costa Rica hosted a series of workshops on climate change and peace to raise awareness among and train women leaders in the community and in political positions on sustainable policies and programmes. Notably, the Section also wrote numerous letters and statements directed at regional leaders, including letters to Latin American embassies and presidents to express support for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and a letter to Congressional representatives denouncing the training of civilian police officers at WHINSEC (a U.S. military base notorious for training students who commit human rights abuses).

WILPF Canada

WILPF Canada continued to apply a critical lens to the Canadian government’s policies. For example, the Section hosted a webinar titled “Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy: Rhetoric or Reality?”. The Section also denounced Canada’s support for nuclear deterrence and urged Canadian officials to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In November, the Section joined a campaign criticising the government’s decision to purchase new fighter jets given their impacts on the climate, thus making connections between climate change and militarisation. Overlapping with 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women, this campaign also denounced the government’s disproportionate investment in the jets compared to gender equality initiatives.

WILPF US

WILPF US focused on mobilisation around various issues. For example, the Section called for action against the war in Yemen and events in Afghanistan and Colombiaprotecting Palestinian familiesanti-racism initiativescelebrating Earth Day, and pushing for ratification of TPNW. To this end, WILPF US produced four resource guides describing the treaty. The Section also organised various webinars and panels on honouring African women, women, power and social justice, advancing transwomen of colour, and war and its impacts on the climate crisis. In addition, WILPF US has, among other things, created a counter-recruiting project that brings veterans into high schools and colleges to offer a different view of what life in the military is really like, published statements on anti-racism and the atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, spoken out at the Human Rights Council against US border policies, police brutality, and arms sales, redesigned the website Military Poisons, and produced four new resource guides on why the US military budget should be reduced. 

Melissa Torres

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

PRESIDENT

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.

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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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