Our Campaigns and Events
PeaceWomen Across the Globe does not run own campaigns. However, it participates in national and global campaigns whose aims it shares. We are currently involved in the following campaigns:
No to the Police Measures Act
On 13 June 2021, 56.6% of voters in Switzerland cast a yes-ballot for the Police Measures Act. Together with a broad alliance of NGOs, we said NO to this law because it promotes arbitrary police action, not security, and it endangers fundamental rights.
Read our arguments against this law here (German).
Initiative on the ban on full facial coverings
On 7 March 2021, Swiss voters narrowly passed the initiative with 51.2%. The initiative bans full facial coverings in public, such as by wearing a burka or a niqab. It is ostensibly about women's individual freedom and their protection from patriarchal constraints. We consider this ban dangerous. It fuels anti-Muslim racism and instrumentalises women's rights in political discourse.
Read in our position paper why we and cfd rejected the initiative (only in German).
Responsible Business Initiative
Multinational corporations based in Switzerland should ensure that they and their subsidiaries abroad comply with human rights and environmental standards. This is what the Responsible Business initiative demands. Violations against these standards must have consequences and corporations must be held accountable for any damage caused. The demands of the initiative correspond to the practice in other countries. Switzerland is currently the only European country that has no such regulations. The adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in 2011 led to a paradigm shift. Since then it has become clear that voluntary commitments to corporate social responsibility are not enough. In line with the Guiding Principles, the Responsible Business Initiative calls for corporations based in Switzerland and their subsidiaries to be held liable for human rights violations or environmental damage, also abroad. Those affected should be able to file a complaint here in Switzerland. PeaceWomen Across the Globe is part of a broad coalition of more than 110 organisations, which supports the initiative.
The initiative won the popular vote on 29 November 2020 but not the majority of cantons and was subsequently rejected. Read our joint statement with the cfd, which shows why feminist voted yes (only available in German).
“Against weapons exports to civil-war countries”
In 2019, an alliance of citizens, non-governmental organisations, politicians and many volunteers broke a Swiss record for the online collection of signatures for the initiative “Against weapons exports to civil-war countries”. No Swiss-produced weapons are to be exported to countries that systematically and seriously violate human rights or to conflict-ridden countries. The Federal Council should not have the only say in deciding to which countries war material may be exported – parliament and the people should be given a voice.
16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign was set up in 1991 by the Center for Women's Global Leadership. It begins each year on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. The campaign shows that women's rights are human rights – violence against women is thus always a violation of human rights.
War Business Initiative
While millions of people are forced to flee war and misery, the business with death is running at full speed: Every year, war material worth 400 billion USD is sold worldwide. This must be stopped! Switzerland, as one of the largest and most important financial centres in the world, plays a questionable role in this. Alone in 2016, the Swiss National Bank invested over 800 million CHF in nuclear weapons producers. The War Business Initiative demanded a ban on investments in the arms industry.
The initiative was rejected on 29 November 2020. Read here why we, as a feminist peace organisation, demand a ban on war material investments.
One Billion Rising
One Billion Rising is an international movement that calls for an end to violence against women and girls. The billion refers to a third of all women and girls worldwide who become victims of rape of abuse during their lives. The campaign's worldwide day of action is on February 14. One Billion Rising 2020