world military spending is driven by the profit motive of the arms
industry and politicians’ weaponized notion of ‘security’. But
women peace activists also hold militarized masculinity to account.
The ‘utopian’ slur
against peacemakers is defeatist propaganda for pro-war, pro-militarisation and
securitisation interests and the military-industrial complex. Marion Bowman reports from WILPF's Centenary Conferencein the Hague.
It’s up to
us to ‘reframe the narrative’ of development, to move beyond the historic thrust of capital and war and to say no impunity for the murder of
Indigenous women. Jennifer Allsopp reports from WILPF's Centenary Conferencein the Hague.
feels as if the entire world has been given over to the most perverse notions
of 'safety' that are really about death
and destruction, cruelty and conflict, grandiosity and greed. Marion
Bowman reports from the Nobel
Women’s Initiative conference in the Netherlands.
profile of today’s front line activist is different to that of the freedom
fighter of old. We need to see her in her wholeness. Jennifer Allsopp reports
from the Nobel Women’s Initiative conference in the Netherlands.
human rights defenders are under attack. The Nobel Women's Initiative conference
convenes today to deepen the understanding of the risks, and to develop strategies to
strengthen efforts to defend the defenders.
With the continued failure of the UN to implement the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders twenty years after it was passed, women human rights defenders are still their own best support and protection network.
The Nation of the Lubicon Cree is on the frontlines of environmental destruction, as it challenges the forces behind resource extraction and environmental and cultural genocide, and seeks justice for all.
Last month the North Korean government gave its permission for
an international women's peace walk across the demilitarized zone which separates it from South
Korea. The women are waiting to hear the South Korean government's decision.
A coalition of women human rights defenders
in Canada is demanding an end to state complicity, and a culture of impunity in
the genocidal violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirited
foreign policy is au courant, but
what does it mean in practice? Foreign
policy informed by feminist analysis must confront masculine hegemonies in
state military-industrial complexes that fuel and fund conflicts.
If President Rouhani honours his promises and 'de-securitises' the general atmosphere, the work of women human rights defenders could lead to significant and tangible change towards ensuring human rights for Iranian citizens.
Women from Colombia, Syria, Nicaragua and Iraq are implementing multi-layered prevention strategies in their communities against rape being used as a weapon of war, offering immediate protection and countering stigma.
Without recognising the work
of women who seek to protect human rights domestically, the UK government risks
seeing the activist’s role as a stage of international development rather than
as a core function of democracy.
demanding democratic participation in Northern Ireland's peace process are using
human rights principles to confront the hostility and exclusion they face from
those in control of decison-making
The new book Men
in Charge? shows that the assumption that God gave men authority
over women is a theological fiction that became a legal fiction, whose main
function now is to sustain gender inequality.
Can Turkey's government eschew gender equality, demonise the country's dynamic women's movement, and still prevent
gender-based violence? Can a party that rejects gender equality be a force for democratisation?