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#WILPFRealChange Campaign: We Just Want to Say Thank You!

5 December 2017

Saturday 25 November, our 1-Day #WILPFRealChange campaign for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was positively welcomed and has thus been a great occasion to extend the confidence between us and our donors.

 

The crowdfunding on the CauseVox platform has raised, in one single day, the amount of 790 US$, allowing WILPF’s donors to receive some lovely goodies taken from our 2018 collection (Calendars & Greetings cards packs). Those who couldn’t be part of this campaign can still purchase these goodies in our online Shop or donate to WILPF on our dedicated pages.

WILPF is very thankful for the generosity shown by our donors. You help us pursue our mission for Peace and Freedom and make our daily work possible with your contributions. We would like to remind you that apart from this 1-Day campaign on CauseVox, it is easy to make a donation through our website via Paypal. You can also become a member of one of our 33 national sections or of WILPF International. Besides the fundraising goal, the essential objective of this campaign was to raise the visibility of our movement and its mission. Well done!

The message and purpose of this campaign was and will remain WILPF’s powerful stand to “erase the root causes of violence”. Only a real change will allow us to carry out this project, and on this special occasion we have highlighted with a beautifully animated video these root causes of violence we have identified.

 

Should you want to know more about our organisation, our programmes and their real impact, you can find a lot of very helpful, relevant and inspiring content in our 2016 Annual report. The year 2018 reveals itself highly critical in terms of warfare and nuclear escalation. We would really love to have you involved in our non-violent peace movement made by women for the well-being of everyone, regardless of their gender, origin, religion or age. We all need to become real change-makers.

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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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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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