WILPF cross-movement session will explore how to create feminist solutions, strengthen alliances, share practical skills, and construct innovative strategies to transform existing structures, policies and approaches, prevent violence, and bring peace.
- Saturday 10 September – day three of the AWID Forum
- 2:30pm to 6pm
During our three-hours session at the AWID Forum, 6 influencing speakers will bring the following topics to the tables:
- militarised security,
- economy and corporations,
- community and social structures, media and men.
As exciting as challenging!
The main focus of this initiative is to work towards cross-movement building. For instance, how could we all feed into the bigger picture? Which pieces of the peace puzzle would each of us bring? And how could we turn these pieces into a global strategy for achieving peace?
We believe that one of the aspects that make WILPF unique is linking international, national and local efforts, through our local-global-local approach. In this process, we bring information and recommendations from women peace activists to multilateral fora and at the same time, bring information and analysis of what is happening internationally to the national Sections and partners on the ground so they can influence the local level.
- Madeleine Rees: Secretary General of Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
- Binalakshmi Nepram, Disarmament Indigenous Activist, Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network and Control Arms Foundation of India
- Marcos Nascimento, MenEngage Alliance, Brazil
- Oula Ramadan, Syrian Activist, Badael Foundation
- Bettina Cruz, Indigenous Women’s Rights Defender
- Jamie Dobie, Executive Director, Peace Is Loud
In preparation of the session:
- Please read about our local-global-local stories, bring yours, and share them with us to spotlight ripe opportunities for cross-movement engagement – hopefully resulting in more and better collaborative action!
- Take part in our pre-Forum discussion on WILPF’s website by sharing your thoughts in the comment field under the article #4FeministUNSG: What does a progressive feminist leader look like to you? Comments will be then used for preparing the session.
About Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, the oldest feminist organizsation, bring women together to work for a world free from violence and armed conflict by non-violent means.
We claim for a social transformation in which human rights are protected and women and men are equally empowered and involved in positions of leadership at local, national and international levels.
As a women’s anti-war organizsation that have brought women together to stop war since 1915, our responsibility goes beyond analytical thinking to ensure real and lasting peace and freedom. We believe that these ambitious goals can only be achieved by identifying, analysing and addressing root causes of violence, armed conflict and inequality among people. Likewise, we aim to influence, monitor and hold accountable governments and decision-makers to take forward our analysis and implement commitments.
Today WILPF’s Sections are in more than thirty countries around the world covering every continent. With a large network of local partners, our impact, root cause analysis and our local-global-local approach expand to local, national and international levels.