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Press Release: WILPF’s Annual Report 2016 has been published

10 October 2017

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)’s Annual Report 2016 has been published. The Annual Report shows the variety of forms peace work can have and how different approaches work in different contexts.

WILPF’s Annual Report 2016 gives the reader a snapshot of the many important activities carried out by WILPF’s programmes and sections. The report showcases a number of selected works from Nigeria to Colombia, from Bosnia to Syria, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to Sweden, and is a reminder of the importance of movement building and solidarity within the feminist peace movement. It shows too, the importance of adequate funding and provides a financial overview of 2016.

“Change is indeed a comprehensive and long-term process, but it is not an impossibility. We believe that every effort counts,” says Kozue Akibayashi, WILPF International President.

Local women’s perspective must be included

With activities on every continent, WILPF demonstrates its ability to incorporate the local perspective and the knowledge, experiences and recommendations of women on the ground.

“WILPF has demonstrated time and again that we possess the ability to connect the local and the global. Our work helps women change their own lives by enabling them to organise, participate and work together to prevent violence, war and human rights violations,” says Madeleine Rees, WILPF Secretary General.

The Annual Report 2016 can be read/downloaded on: WILPF Annual Report 2016

Download this press release in PDF.

For more information please contact: Nina Maria Hansen, WILPF Communications Manager, tel: +41 22 919 70 80, email: nina.hansen@wilpf.org

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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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