Take Action for Global Change

We campaign to advocate for changes in policies, norms, practices and situations that we believe need to change for permanent peace. Our campaigns seek to challenge systems and structures of oppression, promote inclusive and peaceful solutions and strengthen peace activism. We work with and through our wide and diverse members to create a powerful voice.

Campaign for Palestine

Since October 2023, the world has watched as a genocide has unfolded in Gaza and across Palestine. As bombs continue to pummel Gaza, destroying hospitals and homes, leaving thousands of Palestinians dead and millions displaced, global action must be taken to stop the genocide and address the root causes of the conflict. 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 demand an urgent ceasefire now. Our main campaign focus is to:

Highlight the complicity of those arming Israel with weapons to commit ongoing atrocities to stop the supply of weapons to Israel

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. 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.

Canada

  • People in Canada can send this letter to their Members of Parliament written by Canadian Lawyers for Human Rights and Al-Haq that was sent to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Minister Joly to halt arms transfers.
  • More than 30 civil society organisations signed an open letter to FM Joly calling for an end to arms transfers.

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.

Belgium

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

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.

Past Campaigns

WILPF Week of Action Against Genocide in Gaza

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.

Your donation isn’t just a financial transaction; it’s a step toward a more compassionate and equitable world. With your support, we’re poised to achieve lasting change that echoes through generations. Thank you!

Thank you!

Melissa Torres

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

VICE-PRESIDENT

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

PRESIDENT

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. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

WILPF Germany (+Young WILPF network), WILPF Spain and MENA Regional Representative

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Demilitarisation

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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