Lanterns for Peace

This year marks the 75th year since the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and we are preparing four days of action to protest nuclear spending – and ultimately ask for a total abolition of nuclear weapons!

Join us in our campaign to highlight the huge nuclear weapon spending, and imagine a better world!

Honouring the victims …

Since the horrific nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, lanterns for peace have become a symbol to commemorate and honour the victims of the atomic bombings. On 6 August every year, the warm lights of the lanterns light up the dark night as they float down rivers all over the world, as a silent reminder of all the lives that were lost on that same day in 1945.

photo of lanterns with candles inside

… and calling for peace

By writing messages of peace on the lanterns, the commemoration of the nuclear bombings is also an act against nuclear weapons and for lasting world peace. As the lanterns float into the night, it is a reminder of how crucial it is that we come together for a world without nuclear weapons and that we make sure that something like that never happens again.

What Can You Do

Follow the steps below to be part of WILPF’s action for peace!

  1. Follow the instructions and make your lantern.
  2. Decorate the lantern with your message of peace.
  3. Take photos of your work, or record a video showing how you make the lantern. Explain why this is important! Share on social media and make sure to let us know, so that we can spread the message even further.
  4. On the evening of 6 August, let your lantern float in whichever water you have near you.
  5. Take photos or a video of your lantern as you put it in water and share it with us!
  6. Go to the Wave of Peace Lanterns and make a mark, showing that you have been part of the global action!

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. 

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WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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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.

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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