Gender, War and Peace building When the complex disputes of war and peace building are called to attention, the general populace envisions the archetype of strong and powerful men debating over social, political, cultural and economic issues that inevitably are the residual effects of war. Women are too often an afterthought; however, their involvement in such issues is essential to the success of the furtherance of peace and prosperity. Women are often thought of as the victims, as opposed to the leaders. Too often are heinous crimes committed against women. However, women hold the power to be resilient and stolid leaders. Strong female leaders are what many countries in the Middle East and East Asia are in desperate need of. In these countries, women suffer at the strong and restrictive hands of men, but women are beginning to find their voice. Women such as Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar are pioneers of learning and increased roles for women in their societies. They both have fought peacefully for better conditions for women, as well as all of humanity in their country. Both Yousafzai, who so far has been unsuccessful in her fight for women’s education and Suu Kyi, who successfully made a change for the better in Myanmar, have been influential, and peaceful women leaders (1, 5). The suppression of women’s rights in Middle Eastern countries has been found at the core of countless conflicts and wars. In countries including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran, women are forced to be submissive and docile to any male figure, and are expected to shroud their body, face and hair with cumbersome garments. Radical groups such as Al Qaeda and the Taliban go so far as to encourage the whipping of disobedient women, and have attempted the complete discontinuation of education for girls and women. When the Taliban exercised their violent and totalitarian rule in the area of Pakistan called Swat Valley, they destroyed upwards of 200 schools, the majority of which were for young girls. Although the Taliban’s rule over Swat Valley terminated in 2009, the fear they created would resonate for years to come. Even today in 2012, they seem to be omnipresent in Swat Valley, still attempting to keep women from gaining any rights that western women take for granted every day (1, 2).
The young, ambitious and audacious Malala Yousafzai stood up against these atrocities, and spoke as an advocate for girls and women’s education. Yousafzai began an activist blog at the tender age of eleven, has led numerous assemblies for children’s and women’s rights, and was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. In addition to her long list of accomplishments, Yousafzai was the recipient of the first National Peace award for Pakistan (1). This vocal teen was easily made an enemy and ultimately a target by the aggressive and ruthless Taliban. The Taliban wishes to hold absolute power, and educated women do not fit in to that concept. This is the Taliban’s reasoning for the violent and unnecessary attack on Yousafzai. The innocent girl was shot twice, once in the head and once in the shoulder by Taliban thugs wishing to assassinate the young visionary, at only 15 (2). Although she is expected to make a near full recovery, the world’s response to the shooting has been explosive. People everywhere are outraged by the cruel actions of the Taliban, once again. Although it is evident as to why the Taliban’s actions are atrocities against women and all humans, Taliban leaders cannot fathom the world’s response to Yousafzai. They do not have the perspective of the rest of the world who sees her as a daring advocate for women’s rights in a country where the term “women’s rights” is often scoffed at. The Taliban does not view her as a heroic peace builder, but as the opposite, a radical and dangerous adolescent with
time despite 82% win of her party National League for Democracy-Burma under military dictatorship allowing arbitrary arrests, rape, poverty and Aids epidemic-Conference held by UN results: focus on universality of inequality between genders and action plan to promote “gender mainstreaming”. Held in Beijing – poor human rights record therefore more impact on audience as ASSK’s cultural references reality around venue) |
Themes | Quote | Rhetoric Device | Effect |
Unity | “unite us in our splendid…
Having a quota in civil servant occupations will create a peace within other races or ethnicities. Having a well rounded amount of different races can help the community be different. A number of certain races and ethnicities will bring diversity into a workplace. Many races can contribute to certain things for any type of jobs. People are all equal when it comes to the hirings in certain jobs. Even though someone is a different race or ethnicity, they can be helpful with any situation. People get…
What is Nationalism and what is patriotism? How does the Vietnam war influence nationalism?
Sense of pride in your country
Some symbols- eagle, magnolia, school shirt, American flag, etc.
Problems in V. start with WWII
France controlled Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia
WWII- japan invades Indochina
US supports Ho Chi Minh- Vietminh- commu nist group
Vietnam declares independence from France after WWII
Try to drive out Ho Chi Minh
France needs help…
Reforming Peacekeeping to Strengthen Post-Conflict Stabilization Efforts; Cooperation and Capacity Building within Regional Arrangements; and Strengthening the Protection Mandates of Peacekeeping Operations.
The Kingdom of Sweden is dedicated to collaborative multilateral approaches to ensuring protection and promotion of human security, advancement of sustainable development, sustainable peace, and post-conflict peacebuilding efforts.
I. Reforming Peacekeeping to Strengthen Post-Conflict…
The social and cultural movements of the 1960s began to upset the traditional “norms” of gender constructs, family and social structures, racial biases, and portrayals of white suburbia that existed in the 1950s.
Many social movements were taking place in the US while the Vietnam war going on. In early 1960 black college students in Greensboro, North Carolina sat in on a “white’s only” lunch counters and restrooms, as similar sit-ins started to happen in other southern cities too. These sit-ins…
After all her revolutionizing accomplishments and societal contributions, Addams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931, just a few days before her death.
Secondly, Harriet Martineau was one of the first Victorian women to advocate the importance of women's rights and roles in society. She fought for the right of laws and practices discriminating women to be abolished. She was a positivist who particularly played a key role in campaigning for women having the right to vote, to have the ability…
Explain the conventional account of the development of the modern state system as founded by the Peace of Westphalia.
1) Peace of Westphalia in 1648 – to end 30 year war between conflict of power between churches & kings over sovereign rule
2) Religious sovereignty OUT, state sovereignty IN
3) 3 key principles:
i) State sovereignty (i.e state>church)
ii) Self determination (i.e state is highest authority, can make…
Gran Torino Film Analysis
Norma J Morehead
10 June 2012
Cultural conflict and popular culture are two experiences in life that assist in defining intercultural communication and how its influence affects our daily intercommunication. Cultural conflict is inevitable as we live out our daily lives in the identities we have selected for ourselves, the identities relating to our ethnicity and in those identities others have selected for us. These identities…
live a far different life than their predecessors. The women of the revolution were courageous and brave-hearted. The obstacles of their time were far more difficult to overcome than those faced by women in this day and age. Whether it was slavery, war, or racial prejudice, these women kept their heads held high and worked to break down these barriers and create change for the future. On top of having to deal with these hardships, the women of the revolution had families to take care of, mouths to…
The level in which countries interact with each other
Can impact global level:
State laws effecting federal laws
British activist, in Palestine, is run over by bulldozer
Causes Israeli/Palestinian controversy
States consist of: (reasons to go to war) – Have to build this
Borders/territory – Land/Resources
Sovereignty (country level)…