Joint statement by WILPF and the Network of Eritrean Women

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Crisis Response, Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, Human Rights, Voices of African Women | 0 comments

In March 2016, the UK’s Network of Eritrean Women released a statement in partnership with WILPF International, at the Human Rights Council meeting, asking the international community to take concrete actions to improve the human rights of women in Eritrea. The full statement is available online here and available for download via PDF...

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WILPF condemns the killing of MP Jo Cox

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Gender, Peace and Security, News | 0 comments

The news of the death of the British Member of Parliament Jo Cox, a 41 year old mother of two and a wife, has shocked the world. In the early afternoon, when Cox was leaving her constituency office in Birstall, England, she was allegedly attacked, knifed and shot by a 52-year-old man. By 1:48pm she was declared dead at the scene. Her death has caused shock, dismay and devastation. However, it cannot be seen as a complete and utter surprise. Reports of the events are yet to be officially confirmed and so it would be wrong to jump to full conclusions before the full police inquiry has finished. Nonetheless, it cannot be a coincidence that the death of a female and outward-looking politician, who lent her voice loudly to calling for the acceptance of Syrian refugees, and to advocating the benefits of migration and immigration, has come at a time of increased nationalism and intolerance towards foreigners and women. In recent times in the UK an article calling migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea “cockroaches” and “feral humans” was published in the British Press. A British politician said he wanted to stab the UK Prime Minister David Cameroon in the front so that he could see the expression on his face, over divisions on the UK Brexit vote. And overt violence and hatred towards woman has massively increased, including wide-spread threats of violence and rape on social media and attacks such as this. Jo Cox was a woman political activist, political leader, NGO worker, human rights defender and advocator of guaranteeing the safety of the most vulnerable in our world. She was emblematic of WILPF’s message. Her death comes in the same week that WILPF has started its advocacy at the 32nd session of the Human Rights Council. There, WILPF is bringing in a delegation of Syrian Women Civil Society Leaders to present the gendered analysis of the human rights situation in Syria as well as hosting a side event on the impact the use, acquisition and possession of firearms by civilians has on human rights. This is also the same week in which WILPF welcomes its newest group, WILPF Chad. We are proud of WILPF’s expansion across Africa; however, as this event shows, WILPF and its message are still just as vital in developed Western countries. We cannot be complacent. Violence and political violence towards women happens all over the world. But together we can put an end to it. Jo Cox was a wonderful, beautiful and amazing woman – let’s fight on in her...

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Scottish WILPF submission to UN nuclear disarmament talks

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Disarmament, Gender, Peace and Security, News |

Scottish WILPF member Janet Fenton gave evidence at the latest UN Open Ended Working Group: Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament Negotiations in Geneva on 9 May 2016. She said, “Acceleration of climate change and the ongoing environmental degradation constitute profound challenges for our times. Both would be exacerbated by nuclear detonation, or by accidents and leakages of waste and the effect of climate change or environmental degradation could provide a trigger for deliberate or accidental detonation(s). Gendered perspectives which equate strength and effectiveness with military spending and dominance exclude women from authoritative social and political roles in addressing these threats reduce the effectiveness of women in infrastructures and negotiation. “Women have been active in protesting against nuclear weapons since their inception, but they aren’t heard and the actions are forgotten.” About WILPF’s role in the campaign for nuclear disarmament, she said, “The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom has opposed war as a means of conflict resolution and upheld women’s human right to equal representation since its inception a hundred years ago. It called for the elimination of nuclear weapons even before the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was founded, advocated the establishment of the League of Nations and then United Nations and the UN first resolution commitment to nuclear disarmament.” Read her full...

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WILPF International signs joint pledge to empower women at the World Humanitarian Summit

Posted by on Apr 2, 2016 in Gender, Peace and Security | 0 comments

The World Humanitarian Summit’s goals are to find global ways to better protect and assist people affected by crisis. “Research and experience have demonstrated how the failure to address the gendered impacts of crises, including sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence, is one of the biggest weaknesses and recurrent gaps in disaster responses.” WILPF International is one of more than 20 organisations to ask governments, UN agencies, civil society, private sector and others to agree to a pledge of six points to empower women affected by crisis. Read the position...

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