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Join Us in Our Efforts toward Environmental Justice!

Send us your video and join WILPF’s efforts to spotlight the links between conflict, environment, and militarism.

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Written by WILPF International Secretariat
11 January 2022

Help us continue raising awareness 

WILPF would like to publish a short video for social media, spotlighting the links between conflict, environment, and militarism.

Building on WILPF’s webinar Feminist resistance: Militarism and climate change, we would like to continue raising awareness about the strong links between the climate crisis and militarism, a connection still often overlooked. 

We also want to spotlight your resistance to these challenges, and share wide and far why a feminist analysis is crucial if we are to build a world based on feminist peace, including environmental justice. 

This is where we need you!

If you have worked on the links between militarism, the ecological crisis, and feminism, or if you have strong reasons why these connections need greater attention, then you can submit a video by Tuesday 25 January, via WILPF’s Studio App or by email to Discover our detailed instructions on how to download the App and submit your video. Please, note that if you send a video in a language other than English or French, we would really appreciate a transcription so that we can translate your video in the best way possible.

There are 4 questions for you to answer

  1. Which context do you work in or on? 
  2. Why is it important to raise awareness on the links between the ecological crisis and militarism? 
  3. What is a personal story or solution to this issue based in or on the context that you are working on? 
  4. Why are feminist solutions essential to solving the ecological crisis and challenging militarism?

If needed, here are our simple tips to record yourself like a pro

Make sure to use light – whether it is natural or artificial, lighting makes a huge difference. 

Clean your background, so the focus is on you!

Choose a calm environment. What you have to say is important and must be heard clearly. 

If you’re filming yourself with your phone, activate the grid tool. It will help you keep your phone level and avoid tilted footage.

Record a small video for each question. It’s easier to be focused and present if you keep it short. 

Use your phone the right way and don’t change mid-recording – horizontal for this one.

Each question should be answered in max. one minute, not more.

Don’t be afraid to record yourself, you’ll be doing great!

We are looking forward to your submissions!

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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.

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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 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.

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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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