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WILPF's 16 Days of Activism Against Gendered Violence

24 November 2013
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Violence against women is a prevalent and disturbing phenomenon that spans across cultures and continents. According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 3 women across the world will suffer from physical or sexual violence. The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and many others are here to publicize this staggering and underreported statistic.

For the next 16 days, WILPF will participate in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University. This year’s campaign’s theme From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Gender-Based Violence! will highlight militarism and its role in proliferating and exacerbating gender-based violence.

WILPF has long understood the ability of small arms and weapons to perpetuate violence against women. This year, we fought hard for the Arms Trade Treaty to include a gender component in illegal arms trade. And with the help of our supporters, and advocates of women’s rights everywhere, WILPF was successful.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence CampaignFor the next 16 days, from November 25th to December 10th, WILPF will participate in Rutger’s Campaign by hosting a Facebook and Twitter Campaign. Each day, through WILPF’s International and Sections’ Facebook and Twitter pages, we will highlight how our organisation has fought, and will continue to fight, for a world where women can live free from the fear of violence.

Join us now! Share WILPF’s Facebook posts, retweet our tweets, and get the word out there. Together, we can make a difference.

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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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