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One Billion Rising: Join Us In Rising Against Sexual Violence Today

14 February 2015

Since we believe that 14 February is more about gender equality and respect for individuals than heart-shaped candies and roses, we’re going to be spending this Valentines Day rising against sexual violence.

In short: WILPF is joining One Billion Rising. Here’s why you should too.

The One Billion Rising campaign

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the global activist movement, V-Day, which aims to end violence against women and girls.

To mark this day, WILPF is joining V-Day’s One Billion Rising (OBR) campaign, which calls on one billion women and men to rise against sexual violence.

The “billion” refers to the United Nations statistic that one in three women will be raped or beaten in their lifetime, or about one billion. Pretty scary.

The OBR campaign unites women and men in solidarity across borders, speaking out against sexual violence through social media and local events.

WILPF has earlier participated in the OBR campaign, and we’d love for you to join us again this year.

Rise to demand an end to sexual violence

WILPF works to end sexual violence by analysing the root causes of war through a gender perspective.

We’ve been doing this for 100 years now.

That’s why this year, our participation in the OBR campaign is more important to us than ever, and we’re joining as #WSW2015 – the Women’s Power to Stop War movement.

Rise by joining the Women’s Power to Stop War movement

To commemorate 100 years of our existence, WILPF is facilitating the WSW movement and WILPF 2015 Conference in April in The Hague.

If you’re passionate about OBR, this might just be up your street.

To demand an end to sexual violence, join the Women’s Power to Stop War movement, which is all about strengthening peacebuilding from a gender perspective.

If you’re interested in learning more about sexual violence in conflict, amongst many other themes, be sure to sign up for the WILPF 2015 Conference.

Don’t forget to let us know how you are rising today!

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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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