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  • PRESS RELEASE: WILPF Launches Guidance Note For Security Council Members
  • Make Space! Defending Civic Space and Freedom of Association and Assembly
  • Women for Disarmament: Summary Report

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    This report is a summary drafted from the report "Women For Disarmament: A Look Into Disarmament from Resolution 1325" by WILPF Colombia (LIMPAL Colombia). It analyses and highlights the the experiences of local women and the impact of the current disarmament process on their lives, as well as demonstrate key human rights gaps of the current Colombian peace agreement.

  • Security Council Scorecard on Women, Peace and Security: Lessons Learned from 2010-2016
  • Multidimensional Insecurity and its Impacts on Libyan Women
  • WILPF Annual Report 2015

    In 2015, WILPF celebrated 100 years of advocacy and activism for peace. We held our Centennial Congress in The Hague, the Netherlands, welcomed three new Sections, and adopted a renewed WILPF manifesto. Most importantly we organised the peace summit “Women’s Power to Stop War” gathering more than 1,000 peace activists from more than 80 different countries. Please read about all our international activities in 2015 and get some snippets from our national work around the globe.

  • Women, Peace and Security Financing Workshop Report

    On 7-8 July 2016, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) co-hosted a two-day workshop entitled "Advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: Local to Global Financing as Mechanisms for Gender Equality and Stable and Peaceful Societies,” at the Church Centre of the United Nations in New York.

    The workshop brought together feminist activists, women human rights defenders, and peace researchers from the development and security sectors to share good practice and lessons learned on how to join up efforts to move the money from war to peace.

    You can find a report on the key takeaways from the workshop below.

  • WILPF Report: 2016 High-Level Political Forum

    Unfortunately, we are off to a to a rocky start in implementing Agenda 2030 on issues of gender equality and stable and peaceful societies. WILPF reminds states that there can be no development without disarmament and women’s full and equal participation and rights. Leaving no one behind also requires substantively inclusive processes. It is critical moving forward that Member States and the United Nations include civil society in more than mere “tokenistic consultation,” as called for by Ms. Nurgul Djanaeva of Kyrgyz Forum of Women NGOs. Looking ahead, the path is clear: sustainable development requires more democratic inclusion and strengthened support for civil society, as well as political will, financing, and action that ensures that Goals 5 and 16 are not neglected. This report outlines key messages and gaps in the 2016 HLPF on gender and peace issues, with the intent of strengthening accountability on peace and human rights for women moving forward.

  • WILPF International Programme: 2015-2018

    For each Congress, the Secretary General drafts an International Programme of work in cooperation with the Executive Committee. This programme sets the framework on the work of the Secretariat and the National Sections until next Congress. In 2011, Congress adopted an expanded, and somewhat different International Programme, which the Secretariat was to implement in the period 2011-2014. The International Programme 2011-2014 introduced the WILPF Integrated Approach as the new working methodology. The outline for the International Programme 2015-2018 builds on the experiences and results made by the Secretariat by using the Integrated Approach in the previous period. It also leans on elements from the 2015 Manifesto, which was adopted by the International Triennial Congress in April 2015. 

  • CSW60 Report 2016

    The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60) took place at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York from 14 to 24 March, 2016. The priority theme this year was "Women’s Empowerment and the Link to Sustainable Development.”

    This summary provides an overview of certain CSW60 events strongly related to PeaceWomen/WILPF’s the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and/or our key geographical focus areas. It therefore only represents a fraction of the WPS events held during CSW60.

  • Preventing Gender-Based Violence Through Arms Control

    Our latest report provides tools and guidelines for effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty and the UN Programme of Action on small arms and light weapons provisions related to gender-based violence. Based on interviews, research, and primary documents, it offers an overview of current practices in export licensing, including applications and documentations, risk assessments, information sharing, monitoring, and transparency. Analysising current practice, the report then offers guidelines for assessing the risk of GBV and suggests resources for export officials on this question.

  • Report on the 15th Anniversary of United Nations Security Resolution 1325

    October 2015 marked the 15th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) and the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda. Across the month of October, women and men activists, advocates and women human rights defenders along with UN Member States and agencies came to United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York to participate and recommit to the agenda’s principles and transformative potential. This summary provides an overview of UNSCR 1325+15 events sponsored by or co-sponsored by WILPF, and therefore only represents a fraction of the Women, Peace and Security events held during UNSCR 1325+15.

  • Localising the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: A toolkit for leveraging UNSCR 1325's 15th anniversary

    In preparation and in honor of the 15th Anniversary of the Adoption of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, PeaceWomen has created an advocacy toolkit in order to provide WILPF Sections and Partners with the advocacy resources necessary to engage with local and national governments, civil society, and the media in order to mobilise pressure on member States and donor countries to turn commitments into action. 

    To learn more about the 15th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325 and the High-level Review of Women, Peace and Security, please see here>>

  • Through the Lens of Civil Society: Summary Report on the Public Submissions to the Global Study on Women, Peace and Security

    In light of the 2015 High Level Review of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda and the Global Study on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, the PeaceWomen programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) reviewed and compiled a Summary Report, providing nine strategic recommendations for the Global Study, which have been submitted to the Global Study lead Author, Radhika Coomaraswamy and the Global Study team. The content of the Summary Report is based on 47 public submissions from various civil society organizations (CSOs), academics and research institutes from around the world. As such, it is a civil society contribution and does not necessarily reflect the positions of WILPF or PeaceWomen.

  • The Pieces of Peace: Realizing Peace through Gendered Conflict Prevention

    This publication by the PeaceWomen Programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) examines what is required to realize more effective gendered conflict prevention by focusing on eight key interlinked components: inclusive participation; gendered analysis; demilitarization; disarmament; women’s human rights; environmental sustainability and development justice; local to global responses; and an independent women’s movement.

  • Women’s Movements for Social Change-Social Feminism and Equity Feminism

    Dr. Elise Boudling, speaking on the importance of women’s peace organizations, follows women’s fight for gender equity through the Industrial Revolution to today. In a world full of despair, Dr. Boudling calls for a feminist reflection on the collective women’s experience throughout history, saying that today, it is more important than ever.

  • International Security - A Feminist Perspective for the Future

    International Women’s Day in 1995 was commemorated by WILPF at the United Nations in Geneva by holding a seminar on international security. UN Security Council reform, disarmament, and changes in socio-economic conditions for marginalized populations - topics that are intertwined - are presented in this seminar by speakers and working groups.

  • War and Rape - Analytical Approaches

    This report, written by Ruth Steifert in response to new levels of sexual torture women have experienced in recent years, creates an analytical perspective on these events. This report examines why rape occurs, studies the five functions of war-time rape, and explores why most women remain silent about the brutalities they experience.

  • Women, Peace and Security Handbook, Second Edition

    This is the second version of the PeaceWomen handbook, complied by WILPF’s Gender, Peace and Security Programme. It is a tool for good practice language and recommendations on the incorporation of gender and women’s rights into the UN Security Council’s work. The content is based on the on going work of PeaceWomen’s Security Council Monitor: Resolution Watch. For the latest edition of the handbook, please download our app.

  • You Get What You Pay For

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  • National Action Plan Development Toolkit

    This toolkit shows how you can use the global Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda as a tool to promote greater gender justice, peace, and freedom for all in your own country. You will find information on how to advocate for the development of a National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace and Security. This includes background information about UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security agenda; information on how to conduct advocacy campaigns; and talking points and tools for meeting with government representatives.

  • Women, Peace and Security - WILPF Sweden 2007

    This publication looks at women’s struggles as both victims and actors in times of conflict, as well as the dichotomy of women and men involved in decision-making processes. The publication also examines how femininity and masculinity affects, and is affected by, war and how large international organizations work to increase women’s participation.

  • European Security Politics – Peace, Security and Cooperation

    In 1994, the UN Development Program launched the concept of “human security” that shifted the focus away from nation-states and toward the security of all human beings. This handbook investigates European security apparatuses and advocates for the inclusion of civil society in order to make the concept of “human security” a reality for everyone.

  • 2001 Prevention of Armed Conflict: Discussions in the Security Council

    This document created by Felicity Hill provides a: 1. Time line of discussion in the Security Council and links to relevant documents; 2. Summary of the June 7, 2001 Report on Conflict Prevention by Kofi Annan; 3. Summary of the debate in the Security Council on June 21, 2001 in response to the above report.