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WILPF Is Getting Ready For CSW59/ Beijing+20

6 March 2015

The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is almost here! In just a couple of days, thousands of women from every corner of the world will converge in New York to share stories, build solidarity, and demand action to strengthen women’s rights and participation in across multiple agendas of gender equality, human rights, development and peace.

This year, the 59th session of CSW will focus on the priority theme: Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action.” It will also include a review of the progress and challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 (Beijing+20) as well as its five year review (Beijing+5).


WILPF is bringing women from around the world to participate in the CSW and is holding and co-sponsoring many events. Members and partners are coming from: Australia, Denmark, Japan, Norway, Palestine, Syria, the United Kingdom, and the United States; as well as international staff.

Together, we will mobilise to demand that governments move from commitments to accomplishments. It is not enough to congratulate ourselves on the promises of Beijing. We must turn them to action.


Join us in our global movement, Women’s Power to Stop War. Sign the Pledge or become part of our 100 for the 100th Photo Series. Join us at our 100th anniversary conference in April 2015 in the Hague, where we will develop a women’s peace agenda for the next century.

Join us in asking your government to close the commitment gap to promote gender equality, disarmament, development, and peace. Ask them to:

  • Hold a parliamentary debate on Women, Peace and Security to cultivate discussion and political will for national implementation
  • Commit to banning nuclear weapons and creating national mechanisms to implement the Arms Trade Treaty
  • Strengthen the gender equality and peace framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including by:
    • adding an indicator on arms control (SDG Target 16.4), and
    • adding an indicator on the proportion of government expenditure on social services relative to military expenditure (SDG Target 17.1)

Will you participate in CSW or have you in the past? If so, feel free to share your experience in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.

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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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