Title: Violence Against Women in Peace and War
Location: St Martin’s House, 7 Peacock Lane, Leicester
Description: Leicester WILPF invites you to this conference to critically explore the intersections of violence against women both in times of peace and conflict. It will focus nationally and internationally and aims to build on debates amongst feminists, academics and activists.
The starting point is the recognition that violence against women exists at different levels and from the local to the global. The conference marks the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence with this years’ theme – From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!
Keynote speaker: Cynthia Cockburn
Academic, Researcher, Feminist, Activist
Other speakers on:
Small Arms and domestic violence in the UK, (IANSA), Sex Trafficking, Challenges of implementing UN SCR 1325 in Sri Lanka and more
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£20 students (Includes vegetarian lunch)
If you wish to book a stand (from £20), please contact us by Nov 4th
Over the coming months, the No women, no peace. campaign will be focusing on women’s rights in Afghanistan. No Women, no peace have been holding workshops throughout the UK and are asking activists to take action in their local communities.
This campaign toolkit provides a handy guide to the issues facing Afghan women, the need to have their voices heard in transition talks, and suggestions on how to take action in solidarity with Afghan women where you live. Click here to download the toolkit.
Several activities are planned in the coming months around the 10 year anniversary of military intervention in Afghanistan and peace talks in Bonn. Check back here for more information on what is planned by groups across the country. We are asking activists across the UK to stand in solidarity with women in Afghanistan and take action.
What is Security for you? This video about security and militarisation vs education has been made for us by students of Team15 and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
WILPF Congress July 30th - August 6th 2011, San José, Costa Rica
Women, Peace and Security – Transforming the agenda
From July 30 until August 6 2011, women from around the world gathered together for the WILPF International Congress in San José, Costa Rica. WILPF – the oldest women’s peace organisation in the world – will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015 when women peace activists will meet in The Hague again to honour and reaffirm the work and principles of their foremothers in promoting peace.
With great enthusiasm, the 2011 Congress formally endorsed five new WILPF sections – Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Spain, Mexico, and Pakistan – and recognized the innovative and strategic work which these groups have been doing on redefining security and advancing women as peacemakers.
The Congress also adopted 11 resolutions, the international programme of work 2011-2015 and several statements. In addition to officially reviewing the work of organisation and its future direction, operational issues were dealt with including the election of the new executive committee and formation of new standing committees and working groups.
The new Executive Committee was elected with overwhelming support for the new International President, Adilia Caravaca (Costa Rica). Other elected officers include: Kerstin Grebäck (Sweden), Dr. Ila Pathak (India), Neelima Sinha (India), Martha-Jean Baker (UK) (Vice Presidents), and Nancy Ramsden (USA) (Treasurer). The outgoing Executive Committee and the out-going Co-presidents, Annelise Ebbe and Kerstin Grebäck, were thanked for their work.
The Congress agenda was packed with discussions on WILPF themes and strategies for moving forward. Workshops and roundtables allowed for maximum participation and covered issues such as: Environment; Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons; Food sovereignty and security; Resolution 1325 – global indicators; and Armed violence against women. Young-WILPFer (known as Y-WILPFers) also played a significant role in this Congress and organised the Gertrud Baer Seminar and workshops.
The resolutions adopted reflected WILPF position on: the Arms Trade Treaty; Forced Migration; UN Women; Nuclear Weapons; SCR 1325 National Action Plans; the high-level meeting on the Durban Declaration; and on the situations in the Middle East; in Nepal; and related to the Arab Spring; Palestinian Prisoners; and on Costa Rica Militarization.
Participates also had a private viewing of the “Whistleblower” – a movie in which Madeleine, then head of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia, now WILPF Secretary General, is portrayed by Vanessa Redgrave. Following the screening of this horrific story, which takes place in the late 1990s when trafficking was at its height, Madeleine shared with WILPFers her experiences, the challenges and problems of human trafficking, sexual slavery, torture, and the role of UN, corporate contractors, and governments in these complex issues, and how WILPF can make a meaningful impact in this work.
Mrs. Sonia Picado, President of UN agency on Human Security, was honoured by WILPF Costa Rica and the Congress for her work. Anna Arroba Expert on Gender, Anthropology and Politics of the Body from Costa Rica and Sarah Masters of the International Network of Action on Small Arms (IANSA) made presentation to the Congress on the opening day.
The success of the WILPF Congress 2011 was testimony to the extraordinary Congress Coordinator, Karin Friedrich, and the host, WILPF- Costa Rica, and of course the many other WILPF sections who contributed financially and supported the organising efforts, particularly members of the Congress organization group.
A full report is forthcoming.
6 August 2011
On 6 and 9 August 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. WILPF deplored these bombings and pays respect to the victims of this atrocity every year. In March this year, WILPF also expressed its grief for the loss of life and devastation in Japan resulting from the disaster at its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. It is a terrible tragedy that the very nation that sustained and survived an attack with nuclear weapons is today sustaining more radiation exposure and contamination.
The development, manufacture, testing, deployment, and sharing of nuclear weapons continues today. The threat of the use of these weapons still exists. The arms race is continuing.
All of the states that currently possess nuclear weapons have plans to modernize these weapons in the coming decades. The Obama administration has committed to spend $185 billion dollars over the next 20 years to modernize the US nuclear arsenal and delivery systems and the facilities used to build these weapons. He made this commitment in exchange for US Senate ratification of the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia. For a minimal arms control treaty, the administration in essence pushed the possibility of nuclear disarmament off the US agenda for any foreseeable future. This also provides cover for other states to keep their nuclear weapons and for others to acquire them.
This commitment to invest further in nuclear weapons comes at a time of global economic crisis. It is a classic, heartbreaking example of wasted financial and human resources. The money and scientific effort could be better put to use in creating jobs, building homes and schools, providing health care, developing renewable energy technologies, and so much more.
Nuclear weapons do not exist in a vacuum. They are inherently linked to the pursuit of corporate profits over human security, political corruption and secrecy, environmental devastation, negative effects to health of human bodies, especially women’s bodies, and the undermining of human security, collective international security, and peace. Nuclear weapons are in violation
Many governments still accord political and economic “value” to nuclear weapons. This value must be dispelled by dismantling the myth of nuclear deterrence and by highlighting nuclear weapons’ incompatibility with international law.
WILPF calls on all nuclear weapon possessors to cease their plans for the modernization of their nuclear weapons, delivery systems, and related infrastructure as a step toward the good faith pursuit of nuclear disarmament and a nuclear weapon free world. WILPF calls upon these governments to redirect funds spent on nuclear weapons to meet human and environmental needs and to pursue policies that are consistent with achieving nuclear disarmament.
WILPF also expresses solidarity with the people of Ganjeong, South Korea in their struggle to stop the construction of a military naval base which is designed to host US Aegis destroyers that will carry missile “defence” systems. Military bases are a visible structure of militarism and imperialism; they undermine more constructive forms international cooperation and engagement; and they perpetuate militarism and military spending. On 6 August 2011, WILPF stands with the local villagers and their international supporters facing the power of the military to protect their homes, livelihoods, the environment, and peace
This film by No Women, No Peace, which is a campaign by Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) UK network, was shot on International Women’s Day 2011. It features activists speaking out for women in conflict areas. Many of the issues faced by women in conflict have been ignored, and brave women all over the world are actively trying to make their voices heard.
Speakers in the film in order of appearance: Nounou Booto, Enid Kakaire, Hilary Page, Natalie Sharples, Shelagh Daley and Helen Pankhurst.
Video produced by: Andrew Davies