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The third episode of WILPF’s Women's Power to Stop War Series tackles the topic of Disarmament in Africa from a Gender Perspective, particularly in Nigeria. Joy Onyesoh discusses issues of Human Security in the context of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, including the topic of food security in Africa.
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Headquarters, New York
UN Headquarters, New York
On April 2, 2013 governments adopted the text of the first ever Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) at the United Nations in New York. The treaty, which prohibits the sale of arms if there is a risk that the weapons could be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, is the first ever treaty that recognizes the link between gender-based violence and the international arms trade.
This is event is co-sponsored by the Women Peacemakers Program (WPP), Safer World, the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, SAMYAK and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Join this important discussion on the linkages between gender & militarism and need for a transformative approach towards the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
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The modern peace movement arose from the horrors of World War I. It was in 1915 in the midst of this conflict that the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was formed. WILPF, celebrating its 100 year anniversary this year, continues its mission to bring about social and political equality and economic justice by nonviolent means to ensure real and lasting peace and true freedom.
Thirty women peacemakers from 15 countries made a historic crossing of the two-mile wide De-Militarised Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea on 24th of May, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament. They called global attention to the need for a peace treaty to finally end the Korean War; to reunite families long separated by Korea’s division; and to assure women’s participation in the peace process.
The international community has begun to recognize the disproportionate impact of conflict on women and girls, and the necessity to include women in the prevention and resolution of crises. In 2000, the UN Security Council adopted historic Resolution 1325 – the first resolution on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS).
Fifteen years after the creation of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, women’s participation, protection and rights remain unfulfilled.
Join us on 24 July 2015 for a discussion and film screening on South Asia's ongoing conflicts and women's peace efforts in the region. Special guest Binalakshmi Nepram will share highlights from her work with the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network (MWGSN). Bina is a disarmament activist-writer from the Manipur state in Northeast India.
The refugee crisis in Europe has challenged many accepted truths, and shown that the solution lies in applying international human rights law to override political maneuvering.
High level government leaders are gathering in New York for the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25–27 September, where they will adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which follows on from the largely unrealised Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000.
On 22 October 2015, the Permanent Mission of Denmark, in cooperation with the Reaching Critical Will (RCW) programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), hosted a side event on Arms Trade, Small Arms, and Gender Based Violence. Speakers included Ray Acheson and Mia Gandenberger (WILPF Reaching Critical Will), and Katherine Ronderos (WILPF-Colombia).
On 29 October 2015, WILPF-US held a panel at the Peace Forum, “Strategic Re-Engagements: Advancing Women, Peace and Security and Beyond” at the Church Center of the United Nations. Speakers included Deputy Foreign Minister of Republic of Macedonia Dragana Kiprijanovska and WILPF-US members Kristen Alder, Brandy Robinson, Altaira Hatton, Rachel Nagin, and Melissa Torres.
The war in Syria has killed over 250,000 people and injured more than one million since 2011. Over 53% of civilian deaths are caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas.
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.
On 18 May, WILPF, the Manipur Women Gun Survivor Network and the Control Arms Foundation on India (CAFI) co-sponsored an event at the Baha’i Center in New York entitled “Indigenous Women at the Forefront of a Strong Global Non-Violent, Peace, Security & Disarmament Movement” .