Reclaiming The United Nations As A PEACE Organisation. Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation For Peace and Strengthening Multilateralism

The convening entitled “Reclaiming the United Nations as a Peace Organisation – ensuring women’s meaningful participation for peace and strengthening multilateralism” was organised by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and attended by many diverse women-led civil society groups and allies in international intergovernmental organisations. In-depth discussions were held on disarmament, political economy, humanitarian and development interventions, as well as on the gendered dynamics within the field of peace and security, especially at the local level.

One loud message came across: Local women and women’s groups must be at the centre of conflict prevention efforts because they have the analysis, the knowledge and the capacity to do so. Participants from Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, among others demanded that the UN must listen and hear from the communities affected by the conflict that these women represented. As a peaceful organisation, the UN must move from managing conflicts to addressing root causes of instability, contributing to building “sustainable feminist peace” with women at the forefront.

According to the participants, reclaiming the UN as a peace organisation requires action to:

  • Stigmatise war through disarmament and demilitarisation;
  • Support a strong local and global feminist movement;
  • Protect the lives and work of women human rights defenders;
  • Create and foster enabling and safe spaces in the UN processes at local and international levels;
  • Respect local feminist civil society’s analysis, space and work, and always build on what they are already doing;
  • Value women peace work with funding commitments that does not make peace a project;
  • Resist and reverse neoliberal economic dominance, which underpins war profiteering and undermines women’s rights;
  • Ensure accountability of states for women’s rights violations by imposing consequences on violators

Detailed Programme is available here>>

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What Member States Can Do To Ensure Women’s Meaningful Participation In The UN System  ​


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How UN Agencies and Programmes Can Ensure Women’s Meaningful Participation in Their Work

 

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Women's Meaningful Participation In The UN Peace Work: Where Does The UN Stand Now?

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Women's Meaningful Participation In Politics and Peace Processes: Where Do Member States Stand Now?

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Ensuring Women’s Meaningful Participation In The UN System

This YouTube video created by WILPF explains that shrinking space for women's voices at the UN has been an issue for a long time and gives insight into this problem. In order to guide the UN away from a slippery slope and back to its Charter, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) gathered more than 150 women's rights and peace activists from around the world in April 2017 to discuss how to make the UN more inclusive and make women count within the UN system. 

Watch the video here