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UNSCR 1325 + 17 is Less than One Week Away!

19 October 2017

In October 2000, world leaders on peace and security adopted the historical Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which for the first time recognised women’s essential and imperative role in implementing peace agreements, negotiating peace and reconstructing post-conflict societies. On 27 October 2017, the Security Council will hold the 17th anniversary debate on Women, Peace and Security.

WILPF International and a special delegation of women peace leaders from Syria, Yemen, and Libya at the 16th Anniversary of UNSCR1325. Photo: WILPF

WILPF will host a delegation from Bosnia, Colombia, Nigeria and Libya, monitor the debate, and advocate for feminist peace through strengthened conflict prevention including disarmament and ensuring women’s meaningful participation. As part of our work to strengthen awareness and accountability, we will be launching a Feminist Security Council Infographic and a Security Council WPS Scorecard Research Brief.

As part of our coalition work with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we have shared an open letter signed by over 391 organisations from 98 countries calling for strengthening the support for local women who are developing early warning-signs of violent conflict, leading local initiatives to counter and prevent violent extremism and providing essential services to survivors of conflict. WILPF will also support a civil society statement during the UNSC open debate to amplify voices of local women for feminist peace.

WILPF will be hosting a series of events to leverage this anniversary for action that makes a difference for women:

If you are not able to join us in New York, please read our blog posts, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and share our infographics and resources. Don’t forget to include the hashtags #UNSCR1325 and #FeministPeace. Join the conversation and raise your voice!

To follow WILPF’s monitoring of the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security, visit http://www.peacewomen.org/security-council/security_council_debates

To learn more about WILPF’s action around the 17th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325, visit http://peacewomen.org/node/unscr1325_17

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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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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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