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Women Peace and Security Agenda Anniversary: Countdown has Started!

In less than one week, Women, Peace and Security will be part of all the discussions during the annual United Nations Security Council.

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WILPF International Secretariat
18 October 2018
Some of the participants at the April 2017 Reclaim UN as a Peaceful Organisation Convening in Geneva (Photo: WILPF)

In less than one week, Women, Peace and Security will be part of all the discussions during the annual United Nations Security Council.

Eighteen years ago, the adoption of the resolution 1325, during the Security Council, has created a space for women’s perspectives and involvement in peace and security issues. Since then, WILPF has mobilised for feminist peace through the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda and will continue to strengthen women’s participation.

The purpose of the resolution is to achieve sustainable peace by preventing and addressing systems of gendered power and violence.

What is Resolution 1325?

The United Nations Security Council has adopted eight resolutions on “Women Peace and Security”, from 2000 until 2015. These resolutions are named with numbers: 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960, 2106, 2122 and 2242. Together, they make up the Women Peace and Security Agenda. 1325 is much more than a number or a resolution! It shows how women and a gender perspective are relevant to negotiating peace agreements, planning refugee camps and peacekeeping operations and reconstructing war-torn societies for sustainable peace!

How WILPF will take action during the anniversary

Ensuring women’s meaningful participation requires supporting local women’s root causes analysis and recommendations with impact! WILPF makes it real by hosting a delegation of women peace activists from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Lebanon and Yemen, among others, during the anniversary. These brave women will call for action to overcome obstacles to women’s participation and strengthen conflict prevention including demilitarisation.

In addition, on 25 October 2018, in coalition with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, we will support a civil society statement at the open debate to amplify voices of local women for feminist peace.

Together with partners and members, WILPF will host and support a number of events on women’s meaningful participation in peace processes, the implementation of the resolution (UNSCR 1325), and other critical topics around feminist peace. Our upcoming activities include:

Want to come but are stuck with home or office commitments? Follow along via Facebook and Twitter (don’t forget to include the hashtags #UNSCR1325 and #MeaningfulParticipation); read our blog posts, which will be posted throughout the month; join the conversation, share our infographics and most importantly – raise your voice!!  

Follow WILPF’s monitoring of the UN Security Council’s Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security

Learn more about WILPF’s action around the 18th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325

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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.

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Melissa Torres


Prior to being elected Vice-President, Melissa Torres was the WILPF US International Board Member from 2015 to 2018. Melissa joined WILPF in 2011 when she was selected as a Delegate to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of the WILPF US’ Practicum in Advocacy Programme at the United Nations, which she later led. She holds a PhD in Social Work and is a professor and Global Health Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine and research lead at BCM Anti-Human Trafficking Program. Of Mexican descent and a native of the US/Mexico border, Melissa is mostly concerned with the protection of displaced Latinxs in the Americas. Her work includes training, research, and service provision with the American Red Cross, the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Centre, and refugee resettlement programs in the U.S. Some of her goals as Vice-President are to highlight intersectionality and increase diversity by fostering inclusive spaces for mentorship and leadership. She also contributes to WILPF’s emerging work on the topic of displacement and migration.

Jamila Afghani


Jamila Afghani is the President of WILPF Afghanistan which she started in 2015. She is also an active member and founder of several organisations including the Noor Educational and Capacity Development Organisation (NECDO). Elected in 2018 as South Asia Regional Representative to WILPF’s International Board, WILPF benefits from Jamila’s work experience in education, migration, gender, including gender-based violence and democratic governance in post-conflict and transitional countries.

Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo


Sylvie Jacqueline NDONGMO is a human rights and peace leader with over 27 years experience including ten within WILPF. She has a multi-disciplinary background with a track record of multiple socio-economic development projects implemented to improve policies, practices and peace-oriented actions. Sylvie is the founder of WILPF Cameroon and was the Section’s president until 2022. She co-coordinated the African Working Group before her election as Africa Representative to WILPF’s International Board in 2018. A teacher by profession and an African Union Trainer in peace support operations, Sylvie has extensive experience advocating for the political and social rights of women in Africa and worldwide.

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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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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