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Paul and Sapphire nap together at the home of the young father's best friend.  “I’m gonna be the best daddy for this girl,” he wrote on his Facebook page shortly after she was born. Only in the next months did he begin to understand what that would require.
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Militarised masculinity at its most basic level, refers to the assertion that traits stereotypically associated with masculinity can be acquired and then proven through military service or action, and combat in particular.
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Latest News Deadline for submissions has been extended to Saturday 22nd January 2022 We are back from our year end break, feeling rejuvinated and refreshed, ready to kickstart 2022 and continue our struggle for feminist peace. And we have exciting things in store… Credit: Donna Ferrato Written by WILPF…
Latest News Credit: Kimberly Farmer Written by Advancing the WPS Agenda In Africa Through Knowledge Sharing Over the course of two weeks in September and October, WILPF co-convened the 2021 MenEngage Africa Training Institute (MATI) in partnership with MenEngage Africa, Sonke Gender Justice, and the Institute for Peace and…
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,…


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.