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Syria

Joint submission for the UPR of Syria

January 2022

This joint submission for the UPR of Syria, taking place in January 2022, highlights the multifold human rights violations facing women and girls, which have been exacerbated by the conflict. The issues addressed include the systemic discrimination against women and girls in the Syrian Constitution and legal framework; the situation of women journalists and WHRDs; as well as the impact of continued enforced disappearances and forced displacement on women.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Peace That is Not

December 2021

Last year Bosnia and Herzegovina marked 25 since the signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement. Today the impact of that peace agreement is more tangible than ever. The political and economic situation in the country is highly precarious. We have asked two local peace activists, Gorana Mlinarević and Nela Porobić, to reflect on how the process of peacebuilding has looked like and what have been its effect on the everyday lives of the people.

Read their feminist reflections in this series of nine essays that deconstruct the neocolonial, patriarchal, and militant framework of the Dayton Peace Agreement and help put the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina in a geopolitical and economic context.

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Syria

Toolkit: Organisational Safeguarding Best Practices and Procedures

October 2021

This toolkit aims to provide a resource for organisations that want to develop frameworks for the protection of their staff and stakeholders (which includes the communities in which they work) from exploitation, assault, harassment, bullying, and other abusive practices that include sexual, physical, verbal, and implicit abuse and discrimination. It was developed in partnership between WILPF and Centre for Transnational Development and Collaboration (CTDC).

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Columbia

Report: Bodily Harmonies

May 2021

Memory and Resistance of Women Defenders, Following-up on Resolution 1325. Sintonías Corporales report, which talks about the psychosocial risks of women human rights defenders in Colombia.

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Report Cover: "The Correlation Between The Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Iraq and Rates of Violence Against Women."
Iraq

The Correlation Between the Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons in Iraq and Rates of Violence Against Women

April 2021

As a result of rapid proliferation, small arms and light weapons (SALW) are now among the primary weapons used in conflicts, interpersonal violence and criminal activity around the world. This report seeks to understand and highlight the impact on women of the proliferation of firearms in Iraq, where intimate partner violence is common yet poorly recorded or examined. Six researchers focused on collecting information from a range of stakeholders in Iraq and KRI.

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International

WILPF Heritage Month Zine

April 2021

This April marks WILPF’s 106th birthday!
To celebrate, we shared a look into significant people, moments, and movements in WILPF’s history throughout the month.

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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.