9 - 15 November

The situation in Gaza demands urgent attention and action, as the escalation of Israeli hostilities and the mounting attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and within Israel continue to grow in gravity and magnitude. It’s time for a WILPF Week of Action: let’s mobilise globally to call for an immediate ceasefire and an embargo on the transfer and provision of military equipment, including arms, to the state of Israel. The international community must take action NOW to end its complicity and meet its obligations to prevent genocide and war crimes.

Because our feminism is intersectional, recognising that people experience different types of oppression that often intersect and reinforce one another, because our feminism values the enjoyment of freedom, human rights, and justice for all without discrimination, we are mobilising as a movement to call for immediate action to end the ongoing war crimes and genocide in Gaza. It’s crucial now to centre Palestine in all our current engagements.

As WILPF, we denounce all attacks against civilians. We also believe that permanent peace is built on the foundations of freedom, justice, nonviolence, human rights, and equality and that colonialism, occupation, apartheid, and militarized security have denied the possibilities for peace. And while we need a durable and fair peace that addresses the root causes of violence and oppression, the absolute necessity now is to prevent further atrocities and loss of life. 

Objective: To secure an immediate ceasefire and the enforcing of a two-way arms embargo on the state of Israel, by mobilising feminist activists everywhere to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people, and challenging the narrative to educate people around us about the root causes of the violence.

Important dates

9 to 15 November – WILPF Week of Action: WILPF will continue and amplify its advocacy this week to highlight Palestine as a feminist, anti-militarist issue and to advocate for an immediate ceasefire

12 November – WILPF’s Day of Action: On this day, we join hands with other feminist groups in a powerful demonstration of solidarity with Palestine. We will use this day to remind the world that Palestine is a feminist issue, to raise awareness, mobilise communities, and actively support the people of Gaza.

Things you can do as a WILPF (Section - Group - branch - member)

Media Outreach (or engagement):

  • Challenge the mainstream media’s portrayal of Palestinians.
  • Use compelling storytelling, testimonies, and statistics to denounce and resist the dehumanisation of Palestinian people.
  • Get loud in mainstream and social media or convene events.
  • You can also reach out to media who are covering the conflict. Offer them access to alternative narratives and sources, as well as expert interviews to help them provide a sensitive view of the situation


  • Familiarise yourself with reliable sources and fact-checking tools, to correct biased and inaccurate media coverage and other information circulating in your community.
  • Challenge disinformation and misinformation online, in WhatsApp/Telegram groups and in person.
  • Provide WILPF members, partners and the public with accurate information.

Tools and resources to challenge the narrative: 


1. Lobbying Campaign: 

  • WILPF has endorsed the statement “Ending complicity in international crimes: a two-way arms embargo on Israel.” With the support of this statement and other national references, develop targeted demands for your national lawmakers, as well as those in countries that are complicit in the ongoing occupation and war crimes being committed by Israel through arms trade and transfer. Provide them with data, testimonials, and legal arguments that support the case for imposing an arms embargo on Israel.
  • Review the Arms Trade Treaty and adapt the demands and obligations based on your country’s obligations and complicity. Develop your own statement or demands in line with the global call.
  • Develop your own statement or demands in line with the global call.

2. Sample Letters: Adapt the following WILPF template and Ceasefire Today sample letters and scripts to call for an immediate ceasefire and an arms embargo on Israel. These letters can be directed at:

Your government officials (including parliamentarians, heads of government, etc…)

  • The local Embassies of the states that are most complicit in this situation (these can include the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, xxx)
  • Bonus: Investigate the positions of your representatives, and if they have shown strong support, it’s crucial to express gratitude both publicly and privately for their commitment to our cause. These public figures often face substantial criticism, so offering your support is equally vital.

3. Public Awareness:

  •  Launch public awareness campaigns to inform citizens about the impact of arms sales to Israel and the complicity of their government (and taxes!)
  • Encourage them to advocate for arms embargoes by contacting their representatives and attending public forums.

Some references on international obligations and references on the arms trade:

4. Alliances:

  • Collaborate with local, regional and international civil society organisations and bodies to amplify the call for an arms embargo. WILPF Sections and Groups can help to circulate the statement and the form for endorsement to their civil society contacts (WILPF Sections/Groups don’t need to sign on to the statement, since WILPF is already on the list of signatures).
  • Build coalitions pushing for this change wherever you have networks and influence!
    Link with the local BDS chapter and local campaigning on arms trade and military embargos.

Community Workshops:

  • Organise community workshops and seminars to educate people about the situation in Gaza and Palestine more broadly, their country’s obligations and/or complicity in the ongoing occupation and war crimes taking place in Gaza and Palestine more broadly, as well as our demands as a movement.
  • Train participants in advocacy and organising techniques so they can engage with decision-makers effectively.

Public Actions and Demonstrations:

  • Adapt global demands and messaging to your context and the entities/figures you wish to pressure/target.
  • Coordinate peaceful public demonstrations, rallies, and direct action (if possible in your context) to raise awareness and put pressure on national and local figures, or international governments through their embassies.
  • Encourage participants to amplify the messaging that you have developed through images, slogans (on t-shirts, posters, chanting) and stories that can be shared regarding the situation in Gaza, to clearly convey your message to local media and decision-makers.

Government offices/ministries/parliament: Organise peaceful protests or sit-ins at relevant governmental bodies.

Embassy-Focused Protests: Organise peaceful protests or sit-ins in front of Israeli, American, British, French, Canadian, Swiss, Dutch and other embassies that are complicit in Israel’s war crimes in your context.

Arms Companies-Focused Protests: Organise peaceful protests or sit-ins in front of the companies that supply Israel with arms. Find here a list of these companies (mainly in the US, UK, Germany, Italy, and other European countries).

Find here some resources from ICNC on nonviolent resistance and tactics:

Local Partnerships:

  • Collaborate with local community organisations, faith groups, and civil society organisations to create a broad, diverse coalition. This can help ensure mobilisation efforts reach various sectors of society, including students, women, and religious communities, and even unions.
  • Organise with your Local Palestinian and Palestine Solidarity Groups: Collaborate on events, demonstrations, and awareness campaigns. By working with local Palestinian groups, you can amplify their expertise, insights, and experiences.
  • Organise with Worker Unions: if you know or are a member of a labor union or other groups, lobby and organize your group to take a public stance. View the Workers in Palestine action guide and BDS union action guide for tips and ideas about how to get involved with organising your union today.
  • Organise with your Local businesses/community hubs: get in touch with your local cafes, bookshops, laundrettes, alt cinemas, etc. Organize for “a Day for Gaza” where you display symbols of solidarity, collect donations, etc.

Use these slogans for banners, social media campaigns, and chants during protests:

  • Free Palestine
  • Save Gaza
  • Palestinian Lives Matter
  • End Arms Sales With Israel
  • Ceasefire NOW!
  • No feminism Without Anti-colonialism
  • Stop Gaza Genocide
  • Feminist Action for Palestine
  • No Feminist Foreign Policy without Palestine 
  • We are not free until we are all free
  • Don’t stop talking about Palestine 

#FreePalestine #CeasefireNOW #EndGenocide #GazaUnderAttack #Gaza #EndApartheid #EndOccupation #StopGenocidelnGaza


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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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