2010-2014: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End VAW!

In 2010, after reports of increasing assaults against women in Pakistan and reflecting on militarism as a root cause of such violence, CWGL began exploring these linkages. An Advisory Committee was set up to formulate a strategy and a questionnaire was sent for feedback. In March 2010, CWGL held a 16 Days Round-Table Discussion at the 54th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), that’s outcome led to the announcement of the 2010 theme: Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women. In June 2011, CWGL hosted a “Strategic Conversation on Militarism and Violence Against Women” attended by 30 feminist activists, academics and experts from around the world.

Read the report here: Intersections of Violence Against Women and Militarism Meeting Report

Based on the response of this theme, five core issues were identified:
• Political violence against women.
• Proliferation of small arms and their role in domestic violence.
• Sexual violence during and post-conflict.
• Role of state actors as perpetrators.
• Roles of women, peace and human rights movements in challenging the links between militarism and violence against women.

These became priority areas for the next four years (2011-2014) under the banner, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World.