SDGs for Peace: Leveraging the HLPF Process to Feature Local Women's Peace Work

Participants and panellists of the 2017 HLPF side-event entitled, “From Shrinking Spaces to Feminist Movement Building: Key Priorities on SDG 5 and 16 for Sustaining Peace” (Photo: Alexandra Rojas)

The Second High-Level Political Forum (2017 HLPF) was convened at the time when the aspirations of the SDGs are on the rise but the current climate of violence, patriarchy and political economies of war increasingly restricts women’s meaningful participation and creates structural barriers to the effective SDG implementation.
As part of our work to strengthen conflict prevention and promote accountability on gender equality and peace, WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme monitored the forum for gender and conflict issues, mobilised action, through its outreach strategy and in coalition with Women’s Major Group, to promote implementation of the SDGs in a way that ensures women’s meaningful participation and provides local women with opportunities for concrete action.
We have made our message loud and clear: The SDGs can only be successful only if structural barriers, including gendered inequalities and militarisation, are addressed for every person everywhere, including for women in conflict areas.
As a result of our monitoring and dialogue with peace activists and feminist leaders, including during the Pre-HLPF webinar and the HLPF side-event co-sponsored by WILPF, we have identified several opportunities for further leveraging SDG action for gender equality and feminist peace.
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The key to realising the SDGs is to empower feminist movements and build human rights accountability globally. Together, we will continue to work in solidarity with activists and partners everywhere for a world with a deeply rooted feminist vision for a broad impact.
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Find more information about WILPF’s engagement at the 2017 High-Level Political Forum here>>>