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Starting the conversation about men, violence, and peace In partnership with the MenEngage Alliance, WILPF has launched a new initiative to shine a light on the concept of “militarised masculinities” and mobilise men for feminist peace.  Since our founding in 1915, WILPF has always engaged with men – primarily,…
The rights of all Afghans must be upheld We have been here before! In 2015, the so-called refugee crisis in Europe saw hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees attempt to find asylum in Europe. There were Afghans fleeing then, too. Ordinary people welcomed and supported them, to the chagrin…
#WeAreNotOK: The struggle for justice and security in Lebanon  On a video call from Beirut, members of WILPF Lebanon are speaking about the crisis plaguing their country. As long-time member Shirine Jurdi shares a glimpse into life in a nation in free-fall collapse, her electricity suddenly cuts out.  Shrouded…
The international community must ensure the immediate flow of aid and supplies to Afghanistan  Together with Afghan human rights activists, humanitarian organisations, and civil society activists around the world, WILPF is urgently calling on the international community to use an effective and practical way of ensuring financial aid and…
Read the Interview in English د. إلهام مكي- تظاهرات أكتوبر نقطة تحول في الحراك النسوي العراقي عندما خرجت الحشود العراقية إلى ساحات الاحتجاج في تشرين الأول/أكتوبر ٢٠١٩ لترفض الفساد والقمع والفقر والتهميش والبطالة،  كانت نقطة تحول جديدة في تاريخ الانتفاضات الشعبية في العراق. وكان من أبرز ملامح هذا التحول هو مشاركة…
اقرأ/ي الحوار باللغة العربية Dr. Ilham Makki: October Protests Are A Milestone in The Iraqi Feminist Movement Two years ago, when the Iraqi masses first took to the squares to speak out against corruption, oppression, poverty, marginalisation, and unemployment, it was a new turning point in the history of popular uprisings in Iraq. One of the…

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.

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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