During the 19th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325, WILPF hosted a delegation of women peacebuilders from Colombia, Syria, Lebanon, and the Korean Peninsula. Our delegation called for bold action to ensure full and holistic implementation of all aspects of the WPS Agenda, and to put women’s agency and rights at the centre of peace work.
Throughout the week, the delegation attended a number of discussions and events to push for action on accountability on the WPS Agenda and action in country specific areas. WILPF’s main event was a joint panel with Dawlaty, Families for Freedom, and the Syrian Women’s Political Movement which brought attention to how socio-political feminist activism is working to reshape peace processes in Syria. We also engaged with our coalition, the #KoreaPeaceNow campaign, during WPS Week. The campaign facilitated the launch of an independent expert report on gender and sanctions; this was part of calls for a gender inclusive political solution and a disarmed Korean peninsula. We also had briefings and discussions on Colombia and Syria.
Grassroots women peacebuilders are the core of WILPF’s work. Today the voices of women human rights defenders and peacebuilders are clear: We don’t need more words. We need action. In 2020, member states must heed this call.