WILPF Report 2020

Stories of Feminist Peace

Our vision of feminist peace means making a world where everyone can enjoy a decent livelihood; health; freedom from violence; a flourishing natural environment; and so much more.
From WILPF’s statement on Human Rights Day 2020
In our current world, with so many converging crises, it can be difficult to figure out what to focus our attention on, what to spend energy on. But it is clear that throughout history, social pressure is what leads to change.
From Ray Acheson’s blog post “COVID-19: The Pandemic of Nuclear Weapons
Times of global uncertainty are a prime time for feminist planning, organising, and strategising to address structural discrimination and injustices to achieve feminist peace.
From COVID-19 and Gender Justice: Women in MENA Defying Global Structural Failure
The choice we now face – locally, regionally and globally – is whether we are going to use this unwanted opportunity to build societies that encourage solidarity, equality, and caring for the environment and our fellow human beings.
From Feminist Principles for a Post-COVID-19 Settlement
As political leaders have made little progress on international environment and peace agreements, it becomes evident that the work for a clean environment and sustainable peace requires a grassroots approach – sustainability built from the ground up.
From Down the Green Feminist Road: Our Path to Environmental Peace


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Joy Onyesoh

International President

Photo of Madeleine Rees

Madeleine Rees


What are the root causes of inequality and injustice in our world today? How is the feminist peace movement a powerful force for change? In 2020, we explored the answers to these questions in a visually engaging new video showcasing how and why WILPF is committed to advancing peace and freedom for all.

View the video in the following languages:

Keeping focus,

building big ideas

WILPF’s COVID-19 Response: Action for Change

In 2020, WILPF mobilised a global movement to drive change for women and girls impacted by COVID-19 – supporting grassroots initiatives, demanding government action, and exposing inadequate responses to the pandemic through tireless research and analysis that examined and contextualised the impacts of COVID-19 through a feminist lens.

Read our publications analysing the impact of COVID-19 on women around the world and demanding action for a future of justice and peace.

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activists live in 59 countries

staff and consultants around the globe

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Thinking globally, acting locally. In 2020, WILPFers around the world worked within their own communities toward a shared vision of peace, justice, and equality for all.

Meet an Activist

Building a Culture of Feminist Peace in Afghanistan

In 2020, we launched a new video series to highlight the work of WILPFers dedicated to advancing the feminist peace movement in communities around the world.

Our first video in the series – the only one we were able to make prior to the COVID-19 lockdown – shares a look into WILPF Afghanistan’s efforts to transform mindsets and cultural attitudes preventing women from active social, economic, and political participation.

Graphic illustration of three black women. All with masks.

Virtual Africa Regional Meeting

Illusration of man opening and escaping a door inside another man's muscle ...

Mobilising Men for Feminist Peace

Book cover with illustration stating: resolution 1325

Peace Women Consultations

Our Community in 2020


WILPF Sections

across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the MENA region


WILPF Groups

across Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the MENA region


MENA Partners

Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Yemen



Hover over the countries for highlights of work from selected WILPF Sections and Groups.

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WILPF Sections and Groups

MENA Partners

WILPF Initiatives

WILPF Afghanistan

WILPF Argentina Group

WILPF Australia

WILPF Burkina Faso Group

WILPF Burundi Group

WILPF Cameroon

WILPF Canada


WILPF Costa Rica

WILPF Côte d’Ivoire Group


WILPF Denmark

WILPF Finland

WILPF Germany



WILPF Netherlands

WILPF Norway

WILPF Pakistan

WILPF Sierra Leone group


WILPF Sri Lanka Group

WILPF Sweden

WILPF Switzerland

WILPF Uganda


WILPF Zimbabwe



WILPF Nigeria

WILPF Niger Group

WILPF Senegal Group

WILPF Somalia Group

WILPF Sudan Group

WILPF Togo Group

WILPF Colombia

WILPF Mexico

WILPF United States of America

WILPF Aotearoa


WILPF Palestine


WILPF Polynesia

WILPF Lebanon

Egypt (MENA)

Iraq (MENA)

Libya (MENA)

Syria (MENA)

Yemen (MENA)

Lebanon (MENA)

Palestine (MENA)


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Korean Peninsula

Sections not visibile on the map: WILPF Polynesia, WILPF Lebanon (also a MENA partner), and WILPF Palestine (also a MENA partner).

Country Stories

Yemen is a nation in crisis.

Since 2014, the country has been in the grips of a devastating civil war that has left nearly a quarter of a million people dead. In 2020, under the added strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, Yemen’s healthcare system collapsed along with its resource supply chains.

In the midst of Yemen’s historic humanitarian crisis driven by years of conflict and the effects of COVID-19, a movement for peace has emerged – and it’s being led by women.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, which continues to struggle with the consequences of the Bosnian War, WILPF is focused on networking with women activists and feminist organisations, creating spaces for dialogue on post-war reconstruction and recovery, and shaping feminist alternatives to the current neoliberal political economy.

In 2020, WILPF made three major submissions to the United Nations on areas of key concern within Bosnia and Herzegovina, including migration, human rights and conflict, and austerity.

The Korean War (1950-1953) must be resolved with a peace agreement. With a mission to educate, organise, and advocate for a peace agreement to end the Korean War, WILPF is a key partner in a global campaign called Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War. In 2020, Korea Peace Now! created spaces for dialogue, educated community members and governments about the need for a formal end to the Korean War, and engaged in analysis and lobbying activities in and around the United Nations.

In 2020, WILPF Cameroon published the results of a major research project examining gender dimensions related to the country’s conflicts.

Conducted in partnership with other civil society organisations and women activists, the analysis highlights the lived experiences of women and girls affected by conflict and advocates for spaces for women to participate in conflict prevention, mediation, and resolution.

The report was officially presented at the residence of the British High Commissioner during an event hosting local and international representatives for talks on human rights.


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