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Sustainable Development Goals Launched – A Call for Action on Sustainable Peace

12 October 2015

On 25-27 September 2015, member states adopted the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 agenda at the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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After years of work promoting a conflict prevention approach to development that strengthens women’s participation and rights for peace, WILPF has contributed to successfully advocating for stand alone goals on both gender equality (Goal 5) and stable and peaceful societies (Goal 16).

The goals include targets on illicit arms (16.4), promoting a culture of peace and non-violence (4.7), ensuring inclusive and participatory decision-making (16.7) and ensuring equal access to justice for all (16.3). They also include a target on mobilising additional financial resources (17.3), which WILPF reminded states must build on women’s rights commitments and include the reduction of military financing.

WILPF affirms that the SDGs can be a critical tool for addressing the conflict prevention gap, and should be implemented within a holistic framework that recognises other obligations including women’s human rights and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. This includes financing UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans and regulating arms that risk gender-based violence, consistent with SDG 5 and 16 as well as UNSCR 1325 and the Arms Trade Treaty.

While the SDGs provide an additional tool for action, they are not enough. WILPF joins our partners, the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition and the Women’s Major Group in welcoming this new tool and reminding states that women’s rights and peace must be at the centre of implementation efforts.

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Members of the Women’s Major Group at their Feminist Forum in September 2015

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals have the potential to transform the lives of women everywhere and promote peace. WILPF works with a range of partners to encourage a conflict and violence prevention approach to development that strengthens gender equality and peace.

Post-2015 Women’s Coalition SDG Response

As the Post-2015 Women’s Coalition reminds states, the 2030 Agenda is still incomplete and does not address structural and systematic inequalities and discrimination. Goals can only be successful if structural barriers including gendered inequalities are addressed for every person everywhere.

Women’s Major Group SDG Response

As the Women’s Major Group reminds states, ensuring that Goal 17 on Means of Implementation as well as the Financing for Development Addis Ababa Action Agenda are effectively carried out from a gender perspective is critical. As Tessa Khan of the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, has stated, the Financing for Development agreement has actually perpetrated entrenched gender inequality; this poses major barriers both to women’s rights and the 2030 Agenda as a whole.

What’s Next & Where do we go from here?

In New York, member states and international civil society are continuing the work of the SDGs by addressing accountability on commitments through devising an indicator framework. Keep pushing your government to mainstream gender equality and reflect structural inequalities between people and between states!

Beyond New York, the impact is up to you: Don’t let these goals be a dead letter!

Demand that your government act to prevent conflict and promote peace by redirecting military spending into gender equitable development. We must ensure that gender equality is a key factor in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.


Read more about WILPF’s work on the 2030 Agenda in our blog posts: Design development for gender equality and peace and Post-2015 development agenda – Towards sustainable development goals.

Read the full Post-2015 Women’s Coalition SDG Response

Read the full Women’s Major Group Response


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Melissa Torres


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


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


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. 

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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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