Leverage Feminist Perspectives on Peace

In a patriarchal world, the feminist perspective has been missing from discussions on conflict, sustainability, and more. WILPF develops and amplifies feminist perspectives on root causes and promotes them on the international and national policy agenda. In doing so, we advance the cause of peace. Lasting peace requires feminist perspectives.

For too long, patriarchy, militarism, and neoliberalism have had powerful narratives that block the path to peace. WILPF develops feminist perspectives that show why these narratives are wrong. We outline better alternatives and we work with our WILPF global community to promote them.

Peace also requires that more women with feminist approaches have more positions of power, responsibility, and influence. WILPF actively participates in – and advocates for – practices, policies, laws, norms, and systems that advance the cause of gender equality, rights, participation and peace.

“Patriarchy, militarism, and neoliberalism have had powerful narratives that block the path to peace. WILPF develops feminist perspectives that show why these narratives are wrong.”

Specific work streams relate to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Human Rights Council, and rigorous feminist analysis particularly in conflict-affected contexts.

What We Do

Unleash Feminist Solidarity Dialogues

Each woman activist is looking for a space to listen and learn from other women peacebuilders … 

Shape a Feminist Security Council

The United Nations Security Council is responsible for maintaining peace and security worldwide … 

Advocate to Include Women in Peace Process

Women make up half of the world’s population. Yet their voices are rarely listened to when it comes to peace and security issues.

Localise the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda is a powerful tool for promoting a gender perspective on all aspects of peace and security 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. 

IPB Congress Barcelona

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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