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New Report: We Are Still Here – Mosulite Women Speak Out

WILPF releases a comprehensive report that showcases how hard security measures adopted in Mosul disregard the human rights of the local civilian population, undermine local peacebuilding approaches, and inflict disproportionate impacts on Iraqi women and girls.

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WILPF International Secretariat
27 August 2019

Years after Mosul was declared “liberated” from Daesh in July 2017, the women, men and children of Mosul are still facing severe repercussions as a result of the Coalition’s military operation.

The situation has led 1.8 millions displaced Iraqis to be unable to return to their homes. While men and women, girls and boys, are all enduring the repercussions of Daesh’s rule and subsequent military operations and displacement, women are girls are disproportionately impacted – their needs and demands have gone unmet by both Iraqi authorities and intervening powers.

Today, WILPF releases a comprehensive report that showcases how hard security measures adopted in Mosul, such as the Coalition’s military operation, disregard the human rights of the local civilian population, undermine local peacebuilding approaches, and inflict disproportionate impacts on Iraqi women and girls.

The report is aimed at the Member States and international actors, as a means to urge them to understand the devastating impact military operations have on women and take lessons learnt on board as they set and implement future responses to conflicts in Iraq and the region.

We have entitled it “We Are Still Here” as a response to the military operation “We Are Coming” that announced the storming of Mosul. With this title, we hope to bring the attention back to the people whose futures were and are still being affected by the operations.

Download We Are Still Here: Mosulite Women 500 Days After the Conclusion of the Coalition Military Operation in English and Arabic.

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WILPF International Secretariat

WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General, the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.

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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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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