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Press Release: WILPF Releases its Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security

26 October 2017

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom is publishing a Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security. This research brief maps trends on compliance with relevant international standards around Women, Peace and Security by the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (the Permanent Five) in the period between 2010 and 2016, demonstrating the key gaps in the Women, Peace and Security implementation efforts.

The research report shows that, despite the normative support for the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, commitments on paper do not match practice: from poorly planned and underfunded provisions of services in conflict-affected situations to the impunity for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse and sexual and gender-based violence, to the lack of support for women’s civil society participation in peace processes, the Permanent Five –  the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia and China – continue to demonstrate disconnected, fragmented and siloed approaches to the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

The Permanent Five are also some of the top contributors to the global arms trade, which exacerbates sexual, gender-based and other forms of violence. They contribute to the shrinking space for civil society organisations, especially for women’s organisations, support militarism as a way of thought and consequently undermine long-term conflict prevention essential for achieving feminist peace.

“Crisis response is not a long-term solution,” stated Abigail Ruane, Director of WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security programme and continiues: “Preventing conflict is critical for peace. Investing in women’s rights is the key to conflict prevention and also a human rights obligation.”

WILPF’s thirty-page analysis is divided into several sections, including international action (Security Council Action, WPS Financing, Human Rights Indicators, Peacekeeping operations), national action (Prevention, Participation, Protection, Recovery Support) and recommendations for the Permanent Five. The report features several graphs visually depicting the progress or lack thereof achieved by the Permanent Five under each category.

The analysis conducted for this project aims to inform state action on specific areas of focus in order to close gender gaps and strengthen impact of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. This report also provides a tool for civil society to strengthen implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, and for academia to strengthen the existing body of research on Women, Peace and Security and improve existing tracking mechanisms.

Download the research report: Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security: Lessons Learned from 2010-2016

Download the Press Release as PDF: WILPF Releases its Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security

For more information please contact: Abigail Ruane, WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme Director, tel: 1.212.682.1265, email: abigail (a)

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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 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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