At the intersection of the artistic and the political, Caesura is a podcast rooted in a celebration of women and our common work for peace, freedom, and equality.
Caesura means “pause”: a break, a time for listening and reflection. Join us as we dive into the words of Colombian poet Ángela Ramos and interview guests from all over the world, exploring topics ranging from feminism to trauma, intergenerational heritage to violence, pop culture to poetry and so much more.
Marking 10 years since the Syrian revolution, during which feminist activists were always at the forefront of resistance, we are pleased to have four remarkable Syrian feminists as the guests of our first episode. They share an exciting and inspirational discussion on women’s meaningful participation before and after the uprisings of 2011:
Sabah Alhallak – Researcher on women’s issues and member of the Constitutional Committee
Mariam Jalabi – Syrian feminist activist and politician
Sabiha Khalil – Feminist and political activist
Oula Ramadan – Founder and CEO of Badael Foundation
The episode is hosted by Rola Asad, founding partner and executive director of the Syrian Female Journalists Network (SFJN).
At WILPF we believe in the importance of gathering and coordinating efforts, but also in raising awareness and educating the largest possible number of people. It is by challenging our collective minds that we will find solutions to the problems we witness. As such, webinars are both essential tools and valuable time during which we can work together to build a better world. We encourage you to explore all of our past webinars and hope to count you among us for those to come!
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.
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.
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.