Why is the oldest women's peace organisation mobilising men for feminist peace?

Tuesday, 26 January 2021
8am ET / 2pm CET
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  • Annie Matundu Mbambi - President, WILPF DRC
  • Cynthia Enloe - Theorist and author of landmark books on feminism and peace
  • Diana Salcedo López - President, LIMPAL Colombia
  • Jamila Afghani - President, WILPF Afghanistan
  • Leymah Gbowee - Liberian peace activist, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo - President, WILPF Cameroon



  • Madeleine Rees - Secretary General of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
  • Laxman Belbase - Co-Director, MenEngage Alliance

Event Description
Socially-constructed gender norms that associate masculinity with power, violence, and control play an important role in driving conflict and insecurity. These norms are enabled by institutions that glorify violence and fund the war system. To advance feminist peace, it is critical to work towards a transformation of the currently accepted norms.

Disrupting patriarchy and transforming relationships of power - from inequality to equality, from exploitation to justice, and from violence to peace - requires mobilising men to support feminist peace. How this is done is a delicate matter for women’s movements, and it calls for context-specific approaches.

How can we best build alliances with men who advocate for gender justice and reject patriarchal violence, and work together to end violence and war? This panel will help us explore these questions and inspire us to take action for feminist peace.

This panel discussion is part of the MenEngage Alliance Ubuntu Symposium, and is co-sponsored by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the MenEngage Alliance, and the University of San Diego Kroc School of Peace Studies, through the support of Global Affairs Canada.