The feminist peace movement is constantly growing! At the 33rd International Congress in July, WILPF welcomed 10 new Sections to its global community of feminist peace activists.
Sections are the cornerstone of the WILPF movement as they shape the organisation’s work and strategic priorities at the global and local levels. New Sections are approved at each International Triennial Congress after having officially functioned as National Groups in the period before.
“Our motivation to become a WILPF Section is derived from the wish to become more active and present for feminist peace on the national but also on the international level,” states Rosa Logar from WILPF Austria. Rosa adds that “feminist peace and disarmament are important as ever, therefore we see the necessity to engage in that discussion as a Section and in doing so, profit from a longstanding experience of WILPF.”
On the first day of its 33rd International Triennial Congress, WILPF admitted ten new Sections – eight of which are from the African continent. They include WILPF Argentina, WILPF Austria, WILPF Burkina Faso, WILPF Burundi, WILPF Central African Republic (CAR), WILPF Guinea, WILPF Ivory Coast, WILPF Niger, WILPF Sudan and WILPF Togo.
WILPF’s New Sections
WILPF Argentina continues its long history of feminist activism by combatting one of the biggest challenges of Argentinian society: domestic violence. Using WILPF’s unique feminist approach to analysis, the Section aims to further advocate for women’s rights and promote peace on a local and global scale. Some of the Section’s work to date includes conducting various training workshops for women leaders and youth in the areas of communication, community development, and social policies. In addition, members focus on developing tools for decision-making and income-generating activities to alleviate economic and social poverty.
WILPF Austria strives to follow the work and historic commitments of its feminist foremothers while simultaneously embracing a new kind of feminism: one that is intersectional, multiracial, queer, and environmental, that transcends borders and supports the protection of immigrants, refugees, and other people on the move. WILPF Austria aims to pick up the thread and explore the differences and similarities between the aspirations of WILPF women at the beginning of the 20th century, and the motives and goals of members now. In addition to gender and climate justice, WILPF Austria also seeks to create a decolonised, intersectional, and anti-racist world with universal human rights.
WILPF Burkina Faso
WILPF Burkina Faso works for effective social transformation by promoting the actions of women and men who embrace WILPF’s mission and principles. The Section was formed to encourage nonviolent and innovative practices to end systems of exploitation. Over the past several years, WILPF Burkina Faso has engaged in multiple projects together with other civil society actors, including advocacy training on the risks of explosive devices and the promotion of the rights of children.
WILPF Burundi is represented by strong and motivated activists united by the common aim of improving the situation of women in Burundi. The Section’s objective is to contribute to positive change towards peace and stability and to address the root causes of violence in the country. Since its founding, WILPF Burundi has implemented several activities related to the promotion of peace, disarmament, denuclearisation, and human rights, particularly for women and girls following a heavy history of inter-ethnic conflict and civil wars.
As a new Section, WILPF Burundi plans to contribute to the implementation of WILPF’s International Programme through connecting, supporting, and mobilising powerful feminist peace activists and creating synergies with other national and regional organisations and movements.
WILPF Central African Republic (CAR)
WILPF Central African Republic aims to advocate for peace and the essential role of women in conflict resolution processes through national and global action. The Section’s objective is to promote a gender analysis of conflict to the national authorities and population. WILPF CAR aims to intensify its efforts to raise awareness, advocate for peace, security, and sustainable development, deconstruct militarised masculinities, further men’s support for gender equality and peace, and strengthen capacities for both men and women.
WILPF Ivory Coast
WILPF Ivory Coast aims to mobilise women’s efforts on a national level and work towards the establishment of lasting peace. The Section is working on challenging gender injustice by analysing the root causes of violence at the local level and creating more inclusive economic systems that promote equity. Since its founding, WILPF Ivory Coast has mobilised to promote peaceful conflict resolution through peace education and reconciliation.
WILPF Guinea envisions a country where more women are involved in the peaceful resolution of conflicts; where responsible and peaceful political processes engage and invest in youth; where there is an active and effective women’s media committee; and lastly, where there is a true balance of power between men and women in decision-making. As part of the Section’s actions, WILPF Guinea initiates consultation and holds awareness-raising activities on the issues of political citizenship and peaceful conflict resolution to motivate and mobilise youth and traditional authorities. Some of these activities have aimed to educate young people against language glorifying violence and hate.
WILPF Niger works to promote the involvement of women and girls in conflict management and the reduction of conflict in Niger by empowering women through activism. To accomplish their mission, the members of WILPF Niger focus on educating women and girls to raise awareness of their roles and responsibilities and the need to be included in peace mediation, peacebuilding, and negotiations. In collaboration with other NGOs, WILPF Niger also conducts research centred around early and forced marriages, girls’ right to education, women’s participation in political and public life, conflict prevention, and the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
WILPF Sudan works to promote human rights and to establish its role as a strong advocate for women’s participation in security issues. Working in a conflict-affected country with a growing threat of civil war, the Section has identified a need to create new partnerships and alliances and become an integral part of the civil force resisting militarism and supporting the country’s democratic transition. The Section’s work includes advocating for human rights, raising awareness and educating women about conflict resolution, providing peace education to women and communities, and building capacity for the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV).
WILPF Togo envisions a country where communities live together in harmony and approach their differences with compassion and tolerance. The Section continues to advocate for women’s crucial role in the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts. WILPF Togo’s peacebuilders seek early warning mechanisms where conflicts may occur. To address the by-products of poverty and a lack of opportunities to access education, the Section has implemented various initiatives to strengthen women and youth’s skills in building peace, achieving financial independence, and maintaining human security.
Welcome to our newest Sections!