For peace and gender justice
Responsible Business Initiative
Why feminists voted YES
Child labour on cocoa plantations, rivers poisoned during the extraction of raw materials, inhuman working conditions in factories: the Responsible Business Initiative demanded that internationally active companies based in Switzerland can be held accountable for environmental damage and human rights violations abroad.
The initiative won the popular vote but not the majority of cantons. Read our joint statement with the cfd, which shows why, from a feminist perspective, a YES vote should have been put in the ballot box on 29 November (only available in German).
Ban on investments in war material
The initiative "For a ban on investments in producers of war material" did not get passed on 29 November, but gained a respectable 42.5% of the votes. We would have liked to see a Switzerland that sets a real example against war and armed violence, that not only praises its neutrality but also lives it. Because today Swiss pension fund assets and the funds of the Swiss National Bank are being invested in arms companies (including nuclear weapons producers).The initiative would have put a stop to this. As a feminist peace organisation, PeaceWomen Across the Globe calls for a ban on such investments. Read our arguments here.
Beijing+25 and 20 years "Women, Peace and Security"
No reason to celebrate
It is 20 years on from the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” and 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s rights and gender equality – back then, the adoption of these instruments was celebrated. Where do we stand today?
Read the full interview with our director Flurina Derungs.