What makes conflicts erupt, and what makes them escalate? How do we prevent war and create sustainable peace? Scholars, diplomats and politicians have pondered over these questions, but far too rarely have they made time to listen to the women who have lived through war and conflict. The women who hold many of the answers.
Making the concerns of local women peace activists heard in international forums is at the core of WILPF’s work. We provide spaces for women from conflict-affected regions to share their analysis of the root causes of violence with world leaders and what action is needed. WILPF’s work streams include assisting delegations to annual UN conferences, such as the UNSCR 1325 Anniversary, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the High-Level Political Forum, as well as ongoing engagement of women local peace activists with the UN Security Council.
We believe that an inclusive bottom-up approach is the only way to effectively prevent conflicts. And women’s perspectives are key. Women have unique insights on the drivers of conflict and the early warning signals that can be used to detect them. They know what action is needed both in their own communities and at the global level.