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24 Jun 2018 description

As of 18 June 2018, the Western-backed Arab coalition has continued bombardments on the Houthi-held Yemeni main port, Hodeidah. This upsurge in fighting comes at the heel of the UN Security Council’s presidential statement in March 2018 which called for the full and sustained opening of the port, and has impeded humanitarian delivery for the 600,000 people in the area.

21 Jun 2018 description

Governments should strengthen the tools to reverse the unprecedented threat to the global ban on chemical weapons, a coalition of 21 human rights and humanitarian groups said today. The continuing unattributed use of chemical weapons in Syria and nerve agents in the United Kingdom and Malaysia highlight the need to assign responsibility for those violating the longstanding and near universally accepted prohibition against chemical weapons.

27 Apr 2018 description

Members of WILPF European Sections meeting in Brussels from 6 to 9 April 2018 drafted the following petition in collaboration with the president of WILPF/LIMPAL Colombia, Katherine Ronderos. The petition was brought to the European Parliament on 9 April on behalf of members of WILPF Germany, Spain, Denmark, Italy, United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, The Netherlands, and France.

Petition to the European Parliament – The Peace Agreement in Colombia

15 Jan 2018 description
Executive Summary

In the report, A Feminist Perspective on Post-Conflict Restructuring and Recovery – the Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina we argue that an economic reform agenda introduced in a post-conflict country that is not underpinned by a rigorous feminist conflict and gender analysis, will contribute to a continuum of entrenched structural and gender inequalities.

19 Nov 2017 description

“In Pakistan, things fall out of the sky all the time,” said Pervez Musharraf, the country’s former president. He was talking about the very first drone strikes being initiated in his country by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States, in 2004.

02 Nov 2017 description
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You can find the Arabic version of this blog here

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has always thrived to amplify women’s voices and bring their experiences to human rights bodies and the international fora.

01 Sep 2017 description

The peaceful uprisings that sparkled in 2011 in Libya and Yemen transformed into violent armed conflicts, characterized by internal insecurity and severe proliferation of arms. This transformation significantly limited the space for women and restricted their involvement in the peace processes, despite them constituting forces for revolutionary change at the beginning of the uprisings.

30 Jun 2017 description

The Colombian section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF Colombia) acknowledges the efforts that have been carried out toward the abandonment of arms by FARC-EP before the United Nations, in compliance with the 3rd point of the Final Accord. Today, 7.132 arms cease to circulate in the hands of the FARC.

26 Jun 2017 description
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New report on Syria response consultations on the UK national action plan on women, peace and security

29 May 2017 description

Written statement to the 35th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council (Geneva, 6 – 23 June 2017)

The lowering of social standards and narrowing of access to social services, arising from the armed conflict and macro-economic reforms, has significantly reduced the quality of life and safety of women in Ukraine. This statement will focus on the impact of macro-economic reforms, an area overlooked by the Human Rights Council (HRC) in its deliberations.

31 Dec 2016 description

December 31, 2016

WILPF has done a lot of work over the decades to ensure gender diversity in disarmament discussions, including a diversity of participation and perspectives. This work is having more impact than ever these days, with a number of groups taking up the work and more governments recognising its importance.

25 Nov 2016 description

The targeting of medical facilities and personnel in Syria by government forces and Russian warplanes has been regarded by many as unprecendented in modern human history. Not only hospitals are being destroyed as a result of bombings and barrel bombs, but health facilities, ambulances and medical staff are also deliberately targeted. Earlier this year, Eastern Aleppo City lost its last pediatrician. In the past few days, hospitals in Aleppo have been so repeatedly attacked by intense govenrment airstrikes that local sources say hospitals are no longer functioning.

01 Aug 2016 description

I was very fortunate to be invited to join WILPF in Sarajevo in June 2016 for a workshop to discuss a political economy perspective on WILPF’s proposed reparations program for survivors of the Bosnian war. And I also joined the solidarity dialogue between Bosnian and Ukrainian women on post-conflict situations and women’s rights.

06 Jul 2016 description
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Extraterritorial Obligations of the United Kingdom under CESCR
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Extraterritorial Obligations of France under CESCR
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Extraterritorial Obligations of Sweden under CESCR

UK CALLED TO CONTROL ITS ARMS EXPORTS AFTER DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN YEMEN

From 6-24 June 2016, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights reviewed the following countries: Angola, Burkina Faso, France, Honduras, Sweden, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

10 Jun 2016 description

Women still being sidelined in peace-building

Women are not being effectively use to help build peace and security in the world is the message that civil society gender experts are highlighting as they launch the 3rd Annual Report Card on Australia’s National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security.

Australian Civil Military Centre, Executive Director Dr Alan Ryan will officially launch the publication tonight at the Australian National University.

12 May 2016 description

National and international civil society organisations working to advance transparency and accountability in supply chains welcome this 10th Joint Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains.[1] The Forum represents a commitment by governments and companies to engage in more responsible sourcing and trading in line with applicable laws and standards, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).