Develop Inclusive Initiatives

Sustainable peace can only be achieved when women are included. This is why WILPF works tirelessly to organise women, create spaces for them to speak up, and ensure their participation in peace processes. When women are excluded, we find ways to make them included.

We form initiatives and organise events where women from around the world can meet, share their experiences and discuss strategies. For instance, as part of our initiative “Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation in the UN System,” we brought 150 women peace activists to the UN office in Geneva to discuss how to make the UN more inclusive.

In Bosnia, our initiative “Women Organising for Change” focuses on making women agents for change in the post-conflict period. In Cameroon, WILPF has participated in setting up a Women’s Situation Room, engaging women in hands-on conflict prevention. In the Netherlands, our conference “Women’s Power to Stop War” gathered more than 1,000 people from a wide range of backgrounds.

These are just a few examples, and the list goes on. We are active all over the world, and we know that the lessons learned by women in one community can help women in another. From Syria to Switzerland, from Colombia to Cameroon, and from Nepal to Nigeria, we make sure that women get to be part of the solution.

Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation in the UN System

Highlights from WILPF’s Women’s Power to Stop War Conference

AWID Forum 2016: The Time Is Now

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. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

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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