Since October 2023, the world has watched in horror as a genocide has unfolded in Gaza and across Palestine. The situation in Palestine demands urgent attention and action, as the escalation of Israeli hostilities and the mounting attacks on Palestinians continue to grow in gravity and magnitude. For over 70 years, Palestinians have been subject to human rights violations and abuses while living under Israeli occupation, as well as forced displacement around the region and world, with the inability to return. This is made worse through increased and unabated settlement construction, a decades long blockade on Gaza, apartheid policies and flagrant Israeli impunity in the face of ongoing violations of international law. These violations have a gendered impact and have disproportionately affected women and girls.

Because our feminism is intersectional, recognising that people experience different types of oppression that often intersect and reinforce one another, and because our feminism values the enjoyment of freedom, human rights, and justice for all without discrimination, we continue to mobilise as a movement to call for immediate action to end the ongoing war crimes and genocide in Gaza. The international community must take action NOW to end its complicity and meet its obligations to prevent genocide and war crimes.

We are working with partners and members in Palestine and globally, mobilising feminist activists to challenge the narrative around the struggle and educate people around us about the root causes of the violence, pressure world leaders to implement an arms embargo on the state of Israel and amplify the voices and demands of Palestinian women.

Challenge the narrative

Mainstream media, Western policy makers and governments have been framing the cause of the Palestinians as a complicated conflict, with two-people not being able to live side by side, and co-exist. It is also a narrative of supremacy and dehumanisation. A narrative that fails to acknowledge the history of the land and its people, the humanity and equality of Palestinians, and the dynamics and drivers of the violence and injustice. This narrative will certainly fail to produce effective strategies to address the situation. This is why it is important that we reframe the narrative of the conflict and name practices and dynamics by their proper names and put them in the right context. We encourage people to challenge the narrative and educate ourselves and those around us. This is a crucial step in transforming mindsets.

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Ending Complicity in Genocide by Ending Arms Transfers

Fighter jets, missiles, and thousands of bombs are amounting to a devastating level of explosive violence in the densely populated area of the Gaza Strip. These weapons are instrumental in Israel’s genocidal actions; thus, the governments supplying them are complicit in genocide and other war crimes. Weapon manufacturers are making a profit from the slaughter of Palestinians. It’s up to us, as ordinary people living in these countries, to act. We want the ongoing genocide to end NOW. On this page we share some of the ways in which we can inform ourselves, act to make a difference.

  • Write to government officials demanding an end to arms transfers and imposition of a two-way arms embargo on Israel, highlighting how failure to do so means violating the Arms Trade Treaty, the Genocide Convention, Common Article 1 of the Geneva Conventions, and other international law, as well as commitments such as the Political Declaration on the Use of Explosive Weapons in Populated Areas, the Safe Schools Declaration, and other agreements aimed at preventing human suffering in conflict.
  • Encourage like-minded Members of Parliament/Congress to raise questions to the government about arms transfers and to call for the imposition of two-way arms embargo on Israel.
  • Initiate petitions to parliament and other bodies of government for an end to arms transfers and a two-way arms embargo on Israel.
  • Work with city councillors to get cities to adopt resolutions calling for an end to arms transfers and military support for Israel, and for an immediate ceasefire and an end to occupation and apartheid.
  • Work with legal organisations to initiate lawsuits against your government for complicity in genocide if it fails to stop sending weapons to Israel.
  • Write op-eds and letters to the editor about the complicity of your government in genocide and urging people to take action to stop arms transfers.
  • Organise with your communities and local activists to blockade weapon manufacturing sites and/or ports where weapons are being shipped from or through.
  • Organise direct actions at the sites of other financial and media institutions that are facilitating the arming of Israel.
  • Organise webinars and other events with speakers who can address the legal ramifications of the ICJ ruling on your government’s complicity with genocide, including through arms sales.
  • Issue statements of solidarity across movements and organisations working to end various aspects of state violence and demand an end to arms transfers in that context.
  • Urge unions in your country to support the urgent call from Palestinian trade unions to end complicity in genocide and stop arming Israel. (Workers in Palestine, the group formed by Palestinian unions, has created a number of online resources, including a guidance sheet for unions on building solidarity with Palestine, a companion guide for community activists, and a model motion.)
  • Urge your bank, pension fund, and other financial institutions where you have money to divest from weapon manufacturers, especially those arming Israel.
  • Call on your university or college to divest financial support to weapon manufacturers and other institutions supporting Israel, and to end relationships such as internships and work placements with these contractors.
  • Organise protests, teach-ins, die-ins, and other direct actions in public spaces, on university and high school campuses, city halls, parliaments, political offices, and other locations to demand an end to arms transfers and a two-way arms embargo.


  • The Canadian Lawyers for Human Rights and Al-Haq sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Joly to halt arms transfers, which people can send to their Members of Parliament as well (see a press release about this action).
  • The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and Just Peace Advocates also prepared a letter for people to send to PM Trudeau and FM Joly.
  • Oxfam Canada also prepared a letter for people to send to FM Joly.
  • More than 30 civil society organisations signed an open letter to FM Joly calling for an end to arms transfers.
  • A Member of Parliament tabled a petition to the government of Canada for a two-way arms embargo that all Canadian citizens and residents can sign.
  • The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute and Just Peace Advocates organised a press conference about the ICJ ruling and a webinar about international law to look at Canada’s complicity in genocide.
  • World Beyond War Canada prepared a map of and information about weapon manufacturers in Canada that are arming Israel.
  • Labour Against the Arms Trade, World Beyond War Canada, and others have been protesting outside of and blockading entrances to weapon manufacturing sites across Canada (for example, L3 Harris in Toronto and GeoSpectrum in Nova Scotia).
  • A coalition of activists shut down the port of Vancouver demanding a two-way arms embargo on Israel.


United States

  • Palestinians and human rights groups have sued the Biden administration for failure to prevent genocide and to seek an emergency order to stop military and diplomatic support to Israel. The case was heard in federal court on 26 January. While the judge ruled this case was out of his jurisdiction, he also concluded that Israel is plausibly committing genocide and implored the Biden administration to end its support to Israel.
  • Protestors at the ports of Oakland and Tacoma blocked a US ship that was carrying weapons to Israel.
  • At least 48 US cities, including Chicago, Long Beach, San Francisco, and Seattle, have passed resolutions supporting a ceasefire.
  • Activists and organisations have blockaded weapon manufacturers (for example, Woodward in Chicago, Colt in West Hartford, and Boeing in St. Charles).
  • Palestine Action US has canvassed against Elbit Systems, blocked weapon manufacturers, and hosted workshops for direct action.
  • Activists in Tucson, Arizona organised a “die-in” outside of a Raytheon facility.
  • Stop Cop City organisers issued a statement of solidarity with Palestinians, highlighting the relationship between police forces in the United States and the Israeli Defence Forces and the provision of weapons and military training in that context.
  • Students at Brown University went on hunger strike to urge the university to divest from companies that profit from human rights abuses in Palestine.


United Kingdom

  • Campaign Against Arms Trade is documenting UK arms transfers to Israel and issued a statement demanding the UK government revoke all licences for arms sales to Israel.
  • Palestine Action has prepared a map of all Elbit Systems (and subsidiary) facilities in the United Kingdom and has been actively blockading these sites to demand they stop supplying Israel with weapons.
  • Palestine Action also used direct action such as graffiti to challenge financial and media institutions complicit in genocide.
  • Al-Haq and Global Legal Action Network have sent an open letter to the UK government demanding a halt of all arms transfers to Israel.



  • Palestinian human rights groups launched a legal bid to determine if Australian-made weapons and ammunition are being sent to Israel.
  • Protestors prevented an Israeli cargo ship from docking at a port in Melbourne.
  • Activists around the country are protesting at weapon manufacturers such as Boeing.



  • Barcelona dockworkers refused to load and unload weapons going to Israel via their ports and airports and demanded an immediate ceasefire.
  • Workers at Airbus in Getafe organised a march within their factory, displaying a banner: “Airbus workers stand in solidarity with Palestine, no to arms sales to Israel.”
  • Fourteen Spanish unions and two hundred civil society organizations launched a campaign calling on their government to end the arms trade with Israel.
  • Unionists from the Catalan Trade Unions Association protested Israel Chemical Limited–Iberia, a subsidiary of ICL Group, which provides Monsanto (now Bayer) with phosphates to produce white phosphorus for the US military, which in turn supplies it to Israel.



  • Belgian transport unions refused to load and unload weapons going to Israel via their ports and airports and called for an immediate ceasefire.



Amplifying voices of Palestinian women

WILPF stands in Solidarity with the Palestinian People. We adopt an approach of co-resistance that acknowledges that the oppressor and the oppressed are not on equal footing, and amplifies the voices and demands of Palestinian women and partners. In our work, we centre the leadership, voices and experiences of women and others who are directly impacted by violence, conflict and other manifestations of oppressive systems. We recognise that lived experience allows us to identify and advocate for solutions to challenges, with the support and solidarity of the movement.

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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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