21September2018

Challenge militarism in Australia

Statement on WILPF Response to the Australian Government’s 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper

WILPF Australia notes in its response to the Foreign Affairs White Paper its disappointment that the White Paper has missed the opportunity to adopt a gendered lens in elucidating Australia’s approach to security, peacebuilding and confliction prevention, especially in our own region.

In areas of particular interest to WILPF Australia - security and defence, diplomacy and ‘soft power’, and the Women Peace and Security Agenda - there are questionable claims and a limited focus.

WILPF sees current Australian government policies and practices, both domestic and foreign, as leaning towards increasingly militaristic approaches to dealing with threats.

We would like to see the development and implementation of policies and practices that emphasise peacebuilding over militarism and, crucially, ensure the participation of women in all such processes. This means looking at conflict prevention through different eyes including increasing the focus on disarmament and recognising the role of women in disarmament efforts. It is disappointing that so little attention has been paid to these aspects in the White Paper.

Australia is in the process of developing its second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. WILPF Australia hopes the second National Action Plan will have the focus on a gender approach to security, peacebuilding and confliction prevention that the Foreign Affairs White Paper did not.

Statement on G20 Brisbane November 2014

... we are concerned that the increased militarisation of our civil society will not be recalled after G20 has finished ...

Submission on Australia’s Defence White Paper

...that national security be redefined to include peace, human and environmental/climate security

Advocacy in support of Global Day of Action on Military Spending

The 2014 GDAMS on 14-15 April 2014 was organised by the International Peace Bureau. WILPF Australia issued a statement in support of reduced military spending, and branches undertook local activities in support of GDAMS. 

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

From 25 November (International Day Against Violence Against Women) to 10 December (International Human Rights Day), this campaign symbolically links violence against women and human rights - to emphasize that such violence is a violation of human rights.

The 2012 Campaign, with the global theme: From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!, marked the third year of advocacy on the intersections of gender-based violence and militarism.

Australian WILPF members challenge militarism

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 "There is no way to peace; peace is the way."  
Edith Greene Balch, founding member of WILPF and Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1946.

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