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Women’s participation is the foundation for preventing all forms of violence

WILPF International writes to the Commission on the Status of Women, calling for “feminist foreign and domestic policy that ensures local action on demilitarisation and women’s human rights for transformative change.

“We call for a change in priorities that invest in women’s human rights, divest from militarism, and safeguard political economies of gender justice and peace rather than economies of inequality and war.”

WILPF provides the Commission with seven recommendations that are “critical to promot[ing] justice, prevent[ing] impunity, and ensur[ing] perpetrators of sexual and gender based violence are held accountable, via dedicated and reliable funding for women led civil society who build capacity for political participation and provide holistic services to survivors.”

The recommendations include putting women at the negotiating table, stopping the subsidisation of violence, and investing in peace. Read the letter in full here.