New publications from WILPF

Women sorting and washing minerals at Site Kansonga in DRC. Credit: Annie Matundu Mbambi/WILPF.

WILPF International has recently released three new reports, which may be of interest to all members.

1. WILPF Report: From War to Sustainable Peace: A Solidarity Dialogue between Bosnian and Ukrainian Women Activists

This is a report of the views and opinions expressed by women activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine during a “Solidarity Dialogue” in Sarajevo (organized by Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and WILPF) to share experiences and contribute to a better understanding of women’s contribution to conflict and post-conflict transition. It recognizes parallels between the situation in Ukraine with the earlier conflict and current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are many important lessons shared in this report in terms of peacebuilding and women’s contribution, but also on the value of sharing of experiences.

Download or link to “From War to Sustainable Peace 

2. WILPF Report: Life at the Bottom of the Chain: Women in Artisanal Mines in DRC

This report is very timely, as it was released just a few days before the second session of the intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises, scheduled to take place in Geneva October 24-28, 2016. There was an IB resolution in June on this topic.

The report documents gender discrimination, slavery-like conditions, deterioration of reproductive health, violence, forced displacement, and sexual exploitation experienced by women in (and because of) artisanal mines in the DRC, and it is part of WILPF’s action aimed at bringing to light human rights violations relating to the activities of business enterprises, their impact on women, and their relationship with the root causes of conflicts, showing thereby the necessity of a legally binding legal framework to prevent such violations.

The report is based on a research paper, “Inquiry into the Human Rights Violations Suffered by Congolese Women in Artisanal Mining in the Province of Haut-Katango,” by Annie Matundu Mbambi, President of WILPF Democratic Republic of the Congo (WILPF DRC), and Léonnie Kandolo, member of WILPF DRC. In spring 2015, Annie Matundu Mbambi and Léonnie Kandolo traveled to the Haut-Katanga region in DRC and visited three artisanal mining sites to conduct research on human rights violations suffered by Congolese women in artisanal mining.

The report is funded by the Channel Foundation. WILPF is part of the Treaty Alliance.

Download or link to “Life at the Bottom of the Chain: Women in Artisanal Mines in DRC

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3. WILPF Analysis: General Debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly

This is an analysis made by the PeaceWomen team in New York. The following Gender Index includes all references to gender, women, girls, gender equality, violence against women, and women’s participation made in statements delivered during the general debate of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

Download or link to WILPF Analysis: General Debate of the 71st Session of the General Assembly

Download an infograph on the most important findings


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