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Think & Resist: Conversations about Feminism and Peace

Think & Resist: Conversations about Feminism and Peace explores how feminism can redefine security. Each episode features representatives from WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security and Disarmament teams moderating discussions with experts about different themes in international peace and security from a feminist lens. The conversations explore relevant policymaking and practice, identify opportunities and gaps, and recommend ways to advance change.

What about Think & Resist?

What about Peace and Disarmament?

What about the Arms Trade?

What about Masculinity and Militarism?

What about Women, Peace, and Digital (In)security?

What about the Ecological Crisis?

C is Caesura, woman's profile

Caesura

At the intersection of the artistic and the political, Caesura is a podcast rooted in a celebration of women and our common work for peace, freedom, and equality.

Caesura means “pause”: a break, a time for listening and reflection. Join us as we dive into the words of Colombian poet Ángela Ramos and interview guests from all over the world, exploring topics ranging from feminism to trauma, intergenerational heritage to violence, pop culture to poetry and so much more.

PART I: The Beginning

PART II: The Present

PART III: The Past

PART IV: The Dream

PART V: The Future

Political Is Personal

The Arabic-language podcast series “Political is Personal” seeks to highlight the work done by both feminists and feminist organisations in the MENA region.

Together, we want to bring their challenges, strategies and priorities to a broader audience, shedding light on important issues relevant to feminist peace from a gender-sensitive perspective.

The production comes in line with WILPF’s vision to ensure the availability of Arabic feminist knowledge and to communicate feminist ideas and goals to a wide spectrum of Arab-speakers.

Personal and political experiences of women's meaningful participation in Syria

Women of Palestine: Life under occupation and decades of feminist movement

Online violence against women in the MENA region: ‘I have the right to be safe’

The crisis of statelessness in the Syrian context: My nationality is a right for me and my children

Towards Feminist Peace in Yemen: A Solution Without Women = Half A Solution

Women in The Face of Climate Change and Conflicts: Between Palestine, Yemen, and Syria

Redesigning The Peace Table

MENA Feminisms across Generations

Breaking the Silence: A Glimpse On The Crimes of Enforced Disappearance in Yemen and Syria

Mobilising Men for Feminist Peace

Led by the team behind WILFP’s Mobilizing Men for Feminist Peace programme, this podcast brings together partners, activists, programme implementers, politicians, and experts to explore the structural drivers behind  conflict and violence  and their intrinsic links to the patriarchal order to uncover glimmers of hope and nurture the momentum for mobilising men as allies for feminist peace and gender equality.

This is a conversation on the patriarchy, socio-economic inequalities and violence, and feminist solutions.

Palestine: Oppression, colonisation and a history of internationally sanctioned violence

What about masculinity and militarism?

Militarised Masculinities: identifying causes, manifestations and strategies for change

Ex-combatants and Peacebuilding in Colombia

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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.

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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