WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme has released six policy briefs on the intersections of Women, Peace and Security and the six Generation Equality Action Coalitions. This new series provides analysis and recommendations on how each Action Coalition can advance feminist peace.

This timely series comes in advance of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women and the Generation Equality Forums in Mexico City and Paris.

Action Coalition 1: Gender-Based Violence

This policy brief looks at the root causes and drivers of gender-based violence, particularly examining issues including patriarchal systems of power, militarization and armed conflict, and militarized masculinities.

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Action Coalition 2: Economic Justice and Rights

This policy brief examines how capitalism and prevailing global models of economic development undermine the human rights of women and girls, including their ability to meaningfully participate in peace and public life, and how these systems also interact with militarism to contribute to armed conflict and instability.

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Action Coalition 3: Bodily Autonomy and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

This policy brief analyses how war and armed conflict limit bodily autonomy and impede diverse individuals, including women and girls in humanitarian settings, from accessing their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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Action Coalition 4: Feminist Action for Climate Justice

This policy brief examines the interlinked impacts of militarism, capitalism, colonialism, and climate change on communities, and looks at the ways in which climate action intersects with the goals of the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

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Action Coalition 5: Technology and Innovation for Gender Equality

This policy brief looks at the varied impacts of technology and innovation on the rights of women and girls, including elements such as the weaponization of technology as a tool for warfare, online harassment and gender-based violence, and the digital divide.

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Action Coalition 6: Feminist Movements and Leadership

This policy brief analyzes how policymakers can better support activism and work for peace and gender equality, including by preventing and responding to violence against human rights defenders, financing the feminist movement, and democratizing decision-making to enable truly meaningful participation.

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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.