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27 October 2015

As we wrap up October and our month-long activities on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, WILPF will be participating in the Peace Forum from 28-30 October.

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1325, civil society and distinguished guests will come together to engage women and men from a variety of backgrounds, including at the United Nations and United Nations Security Council, missions, civil society, in order to commemorate achievements and strategise on strengthening and mobilising for effective implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda.

Activists are getting ready for the Peace Forum 2015. Photo Credits: Evan Roberts
Activists are getting ready for the Peace Forum 2015. Photo Credits: Evan Roberts

Wednesday (28 October):

The Peace Forum will start on Wednesday the 28 October 2015 with an opening panel called “Men on the Stand,” which will bring together men and women in positions of leadership at the UN, missions, and civil society to explore how to build non-traditional alliances and engage men and boys to address patriarchal institutions.

Thursday (29 October):

WILPF US will host a panel entitled, “Strategic Re/Engagements: Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda over the Next Fifteen Years and Beyond,” which will ask the audience to think about how the WPS Agenda can be effectively implemented moving forward.

Friday (30 October):

WILPF, in collaboration with the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights will hold a workshop on “A Feminist Roadmap for Peace: Toward a More Transformative Women, Peace and Security Agenda” to broaden discussion on non-traditional elements of prevention in strengthening the WPS agenda.

WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security programme, PeaceWomen, will take part on a panel on militarism and the environment in the panel, “UNSCR 1325: Toward Human Security and Planetary Survival.”

PeaceWomen is also facilitating a discussion with MenEngage on “Transforming Violent Masculinities to Move the WPS Agenda Forward.” This discussion will challenge traditional values and gender based socialization, which tend to surround conflict.

Please join us throughout the Peace Forum and check PeaceWomen’s website for more information!

Sign up for the opening of the forum (external site)

To register for the workshops taking place on 29-30 October, please rsvp by the following links: (external site) (external site)

Written by Cynthia Sularz, Communications and Research Intern

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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 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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