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Urgent Demand to Donors from the Feminist Action for Afghanistan

Human Rights | Human Rights Defenders | LGBTQI+ | Women’s Human Rights
4 November 2021
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Open letter
The FAA in which WILPF participates is sending this letter to States, the UN agencies, and INGOs to keep the focus on the priority needs for Afghanistan and to ensure that Afghan women are absolutely present and shaping policy in these critical areas of concern. Read document….

Military Takeover in Sudan

Gender-Based Violence | Human Rights | Human Rights Violations | Women’s Human Rights
30 October 2021
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As WILPF’s African Regional Representative, on behalf of all African sections and the organisation as a whole, I express my deepest concern for our sisters in Sudan at this time. We see and denounce the military’s takeover of the Sudanese transitional government, the imposed state of emergency, the detentions of political leaders and the violence against civilians. We also see and salute the courage of the people – determined youth, women and civil society activists among them – who remain defiant, organised and clear in their demands for democracy, freedom and inclusive governance.  Hear and amplify the message from our sisters in WILPF Sudan:  We condemn the military coup.  We refuse any call to replace civilians with military power.  We condemn the shooting of peaceful protesters; RSF and rebel forces are in the streets targeting and attacking civilians.  We condemn the targeting of student residents of Khartoum university, exposing…


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.