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March 2021

Academics Aisling Swaine Aisling Swaine is Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC. Aisling specializes in issues of violence against women related to armed conflict; feminist legal theory and transitional justice; and the women, peace and security agenda,…

Decommissioning nuclear weapons

October 2020

Decomissioning Nuclear Weapons By Ray Acheson This is part of a series of articles focusing on abolishing structures of violence in the United States and beyond. Seventy-five years ago, the United States detonated the first ever nuclear weapon in a desert of New Mexico, Jornada del Muerto—Journey of the Dead. The test marked…

Demobilising war

August 2020

Demobilising War By Ray Acheson This is part of a series of articles focusing on abolishing structures of violence in the United States and beyond. For the United States, war is more than something it engages in regularly. It is its key industry, its culture, its constant state of being. The pursuit by…

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75 Years of Nuclear Violence Must End Now

August 2020

Seventy-five years ago, the United States dropped two atomic bombs: one on Hiroshima, the other on Nagasaki. These two detonations unleashed hell on earth for those within both cities, incinerating hundreds of thousands of people, along with plants, animals, and buildings. The heat and fire from the blast melted…
Publications

Stories of Feminist Peace 2019

July 2020

In this publication, WILPF International Secretariat takes you through some of the achievements of 2019. From speaking truth to power in the DRC to building networks for a peace agreement on the Korean Peninsula, the publication not only tells but shows what feminist peace looks like….

Focus Countries

June 2020

Focus Countries Afghanistan Working in close collaboration with WILPF Afghanistan, WILPF is focused on advocating for the rights of Afghans inside and outside the country, elevating the voices of Afghan women, and ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid to a country in crisis.  Read more Bosnia and Herzegovina WILPF…

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COVID-19: The Pandemic of Nuclear Weapons

May 2020

It’s 2020, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic, we are facing unprecedented challenges ahead from the climate crisis, there are vast inequalities and suffering in the world, and … oh yeah. We still have nuclear weapons. In fact, the United States has more nuclear warheads than it…

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COVID-19: Foreign Military Bases Spread Violence and Virus

May 2020

As noted in other blogs in this series, military spending is undergoing increasing scrutiny these days due its direct contribution to the lack of money available to governments for dealing with the coronavirus. We recently learned that the world has collectively wasted more than $1.9 trillion on militarism and…

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COVID-19: The Risks of Relying on Technology to “Save Us” from the Coronavirus

April 2020

By Ray Acheson Leer este artículo en español. As COVID-19 continues its spread around the world and as the death tolls mount in many countries, some governments are looking to technology to help flatten the curve of infection, or to help distribute goods or perform other tasks that might currently…

Melissa Torres

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

PRESIDENT

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. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

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

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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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