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WILPF Sri Lanka after the Terror Attacks

Easter Sunday 2019 was a sad one when a series of coordinated bombings killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 in Sri Lankan churches and hotels. WILPF Sri Lanka condemns the brutal, senseless act committed to the civilians, and stand in solidarity with the affected and injured families.

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WILPF International Secretariat
2 May 2019

Easter Sunday was a sad one when a series of coordinated bombings killed more than 250 people and wounded at least 500 in Sri Lankan churches and hotels.

WILPF Sri Lanka condemns the brutal, senseless act committed to the civilians, and stand in solidarity with the affected and injured families. We particularly send our love and prayers to those who are grieving their dead loved ones, and who are in hospital with injuries.

At WILPF, we believe in the need to remain calm and peaceful without involving in further violence. Violence is not inevitable, but a choice. Instead, we must choose non-violence as a means to bring and implement peace.

We must embrace our diversity and unite against all hate. Sri Lanka has historically been “a pluralistic island of diverse ethnicities and faiths.” We cannot let this attack change that or fall into a “war on terror at the expense of minorities’ rights.”

We would like to thank Sri Lankan women representing all the religions, communities who have played a huge role in the peaceful environment after the incidence happened on 21 April.

All of us at WILPF Sri Lanka send our love and solidarity with those who have suffered in these appalling attacks.

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WILPF International Secretariat

WILPF International Secretariat, with offices in Geneva and New York, liaises with the International Board and the National Sections and Groups for the implementation of WILPF International Programme, resolutions and policies as adopted by the International Congress. Under the direction of the Secretary-General, the Secretariat also provides support in areas of advocacy, communications, and financial operations.

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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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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