WOMEN AT THE PEACE TABLE ~ WOMEN AS PEACEMAKERS

by Rene WADLOW*
Seeing with eyes that are gender aware, women tend to make connections between the oppression that is the ostensible cause of conflict (ethnic or national oppression) in the light of another cross-cutting one: that of gender regime. Feminist work tends to represent war as a continuum of violence from the bedroom to the battlefield, traversing our bodies and our sense of self. We glimpse this more readily because as women we have seen that ‘the home’ itself is not the haven it is cracked up to be. Why, if it is a refuge, do so many women have to escape it to ‘refuges’? And we recognize, with Virginia Woolf, that ‘the public and private worlds are inseparably connected: that the tyrannies and servilities of one are the tyrannies and servilities of the other.’  (Cynthia Cockburn, Negotiating Gender and National Identities)

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“WOMEN’S CONDITIONS WILL NEVER CHANGE – UNTIL MEN CHANGE!”

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY AND A NEW HORIZON | By: Ayhan Ozer

This vault was constructed in 1500 A.D. It is called “keystone”, and holds a figure of a woman.
If this keystone is removed from its place, the whole arch will collapse.
Why this keystone was configured in the shape of a woman?
Because, if we remove women from our lives, our existence will collapse, too…” *

Each year on March 8 the world celebrates the International Women’s Day, and  salutes women around the world for their perpetual struggles to reinforce their civic rights. The world fully recognizes the enormous contributions that the women have made to our civilizations, first and foremost, by elevating the standards of our society.  On this day the focus is on the rich potential of women which is a cherished gift for humanity. The world extends gratitude to women for this blessing. On this occasion we are conscious about the perpetual need to eliminate the hurdles that impede women from achieving their exalted goals.   

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