It goes without saying that war and conflict affect both men and women’s human rights. However, there are particular gendered dimensions to violence that have a disproportionate and differing impact on women.
Though women have been, and are, active agents in peace and reconciliation efforts at all levels, women and gender analysis are regularly excluded from peace-making processes and decisions.
WILPF believes that the exclusion of women, women’s rights and gender remains a key impediment to the attainment of sustainable peace and human security, and must not be ignored!
In 2000, WILPF created the PeaceWomen Programme (peacewomen.org) to ensure that women’s rights and participation are not disregarded in international peace and security efforts. The PeaceWomen Programme monitors, informs and advocates for women’s rights and participation in conflict situations and promotes gender analysis in conflict prevention.
PeaceWomen focuses on the United Nation’s “Women, Peace and Security” agenda that includes implementation of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions (SCR) 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889 and 1960.
These events have been very important in raising awareness of the situation in D.R. Congo, and WILPF’s work and relevance in raising this issue.
UK campaign work:
- Letter to send to MPs regarding possibility of bombing Syria. November 2015
- International Day of Peace. UK WILPF asks government to place gender equality at the heart of every agenda. 21 September 2015
- Syrian women and future peace processes 12 September 2014
- At WWI centenary, women still excluded from peace processes 4 August 2014