Promote Socio-economic justice

Neoliberalism has exacerbated inequality, exclusion, and environmental destruction. WILPF analyses, raises awareness, and advocates for alternatives to neoliberalism. Lasting peace requires fair economic systems and protection of people and planet.

Time is of the essence. The pressures on our planet are building, while politicians stoke fear and hatred. We believe that a feminist perspective is more important now than ever.

With a particular focus on climate, the environment, and the extraterritorial obligations of multinational companies, we use feminist political economy analysis as a tool to better understand power inequalities and the causes of conflict.

“Neoliberalism has exacerbated inequality, exclusion, and environmental destruction. Lasting peace requires fairer economic systems and protection of people and planet."

Having identified alternative policies, we then raise awareness, advocate, undertake non-violent activism, and build alliances around the world. The alternative policies that we identify will push us away the path to conflict and back on the road to peace.

What We Do

Amplify Local Concerns in Multilateral Fora

Grassroots activists around the world have important insights to share on peacebuilding and gender equality …

Develop Inclusive Initiatives

Sustainable peace can only be achieved when women are included. This is why WILPF works tirelessly to organise women, create spaces for them to speak up, and ensure their participation in peace processes …

Monitor and Provide Analysis

A large part of WILPF’s work is to monitor discussions and developments at the global level, especially within the United Nations system …

Promote Accountability and Gender Justice Without Borders

In this globalised world, human rights violations are cross-borders. Decisions, actions or inactions taken by a country can harm other countries and their people’s life …

Challenge Corporate Power

Corporations hold immense economic power. 63% of the world’s 173 largest economic entities are corporations. The revenue of the biggest corporations can be higher than the value of all goods and services produced by a country …

Promote Feminist Political Economy

Classical political economy makes explicit linkages between political, economic and social factors. WILPF uses the feminist political economy to bring a gender perspective into the traditional analysis…

Peace, Gender and Environment

WILPF believes that peace, gender, and the environment are interconnected. It is very simple: there can be no peace if there is no gender equality or environmental justice …

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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