The Second High Level Political Forum, an annual accountability mechanism for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York from 10 to 19 July 2017.

This year, the forum will be reviewing the SDGs implementation, with a specific attention given to gender equality (Goal 5), as well as the means of implementation (Goal 17).

As part of WILPF’s work to strengthen conflict prevention and promote accountability on gender equality and peace, our Women, Peace and Security Programme will be monitoring the forum for gender and conflict issues and identifying current opportunities and challenges for leveraging action on gender equality and feminist peace.

Our partners from India, Sweden and elsewhere will join our team to bring attention of the international community to the ongoing barriers and systems of oppression for feminist movements that prevent meaningful participation for national action on gender equitable development and peace for all and everywhere.

To support our action, we today launch a social media campaign aimed at mobilising recognition by member states, the UN and the international community of local women’s important work and strengthening action that implements the SDGs in a way that works for women in conflict situations.

What is WILPF’s SDG social media campaign about?

Each day, women peace activists and women human rights defenders around the world contribute – directly and indirectly – to developing and mobilising local action to ensure sustainable development across all SDGs, basing their actions on disarmament, women’s meaningful participation, political participation, and human rights.

WILPF Nigeria has pioneered the award-winning Women’s Situation Room in Nigeria, which contributes to strengthening women’s political participation and building sustainable communities (SDG11);

WILPF Colombia trains survivors of sexual and gender-based violence to strengthen livelihoods and support job creation and entrepreneurship (SDG8);

WILPF’s partner ABAAD in Lebanon utilises innovative media outreach and advocacy to transform violent masculinities, and has contributed to repealing controversial and discriminatory laws and ensuring equal justice for all (SDG16).

Research now shows that gender equality is the number one predictor of peace, and feminist movement building is the number one predictor of policies on reducing violence against women.

However, only 2% of aid on peace and security directly targets gender equality. Further, annual global military expenditure increased approximately 60% from 2000 to 2015, while OECD data indicates funding for women civil society dropped by about half during this time.

Our demands: What do we want?

WILPF believes the SDGs can be an important tool for addressing conflict prevention gap and moving from political economies of war to political economies of peace and gender justice. The SDGs should be implemented within a human rights framework that addresses other obligations, including disarmament, women’s human rights, and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

  • This includes shifting the balance of power in the international financial architecture to address systemic issues and create the conditions to respect, protect and fulfil human rights.
  • This requires Member States to recognise their extra-territorial obligations when it comes to supporting the SDG implementation in conflict countries.
  • This demands regulating arms that risk gender-based violence, consistent with both SDG 5 and 16 as well as UNSCR 1325 and the Arms Trade Treaty.
  • This is based on reorienting peace work around local women’s experiences and voices for justice and rights.

Goals can only be successful if structural barriers, including gendered inequalities, are addressed for every person everywhere, including in conflict areas.

Key messages

A universal agenda means SDGs that work for women and girls in conflict. This requires:

  • Women’s meaningful participation: Political and financial support for national, regional and global civil society engagement mechanisms to ensure local women’s meaningful participation for justice with impact (consistent with Rio Principle 10);
  • Extra-territorial accountability: National reporting and action to eliminate SGBV (SDG 5.2) due to arms (16.4) (consistent with the Arms Trade Treaty gender criterion);
  • Peace financing: National reporting on military versus social expenditure (SDG 17.2) and action to #MoveTheMoney from war to gender equality (consistent with Beijing Platform (E2) and Agenda 21 (22.16));
  • Enabling environment: International financial architecture that creates the conditions to respect, protect and fulfill human rights by addressing systemic issues, including gender inequality and arms proliferation.
How to support WILPF SDG social media campaign?

Download the social media package

We have developed 17 visuals for you to use on social media to raise awareness: one for each SDG. Each visual highlights some of our many local WILPF and partner actions. We will be posting 1-2 visuals per day during the High Level Political Forum (10-19 July) and we hope you will join us!

  • Download the visuals you wish to share below;
  • Use our WILPF and the SDGs image as your Facebook profile picture during the campaign
  • Share visuals on your social media channels; and
  • Tag WILPF and our Women, Peace and Security Programme (Twitter: @WILPF and @Peace_Women; Facebook: @WILPF and @WILPFPeaceWomen; Instagram: @wilpf).
  • Use hashtags: #WomenLead2030; #MoveTheMoney

>> Download the visuals (please note that we have made each visual is downloadable in dimensions fitting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to make it easier for you!)

>> Download the WILPF and the SDGs image (and use it as your Facebook profile picture)

>> Download our social media package for the HLPF 2017 campaign

Some sample tweets and facebook posts to get you started:

SDG 5:

Facebook: #Civilsociety organisations like @WILPF know how to enact the Dayton Peace Agreement for the Bosnia and Herzegovina #conflict. Discover how by reading #MoveTheMoney #WomenLead2030

Twitter: Read about how #civilsociety organisations think #peace agreements should happen: @WILPF #MoveTheMoney #WomenLead2030

>> Download the visual for SDG 5



#Civilsociety and #feministorganisations like @abaadmena helped abolish the #rapelaw in #Lebanon. Read how they did it #MoveTheMoney #WomenLead2030


Read how #feministorganisations helped abolish the #Lebanese #rape law: @AbaadMENA #MoveTheMoney #WomenLead2030

>> Download the visual for SDG 16



Lack of funding for #feministorganisations affects #women and contributes to the #feminisation of poverty and deepening #genderinequalities within #society. Read more here #MoveTheMoney #WomenLead2030


Read how the lack of #feministorganisations funding affects #womens #participation #MoveTheMoney #WomenLead2030

>> Download the visual for SDG 17

All visuals (SDG 1 – SDG 17) are available for download