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Sex and World Peace unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war. The authors compare micro-level gender Sex the world and macro-level state peacefulness in global settings, supporting their findings with detailed analyses and color maps. Harnessing an immense amount of data, they call attention to discrepancies between national laws protecting women and the enforcement of those laws, and they note the adverse effects on state security of abnormal sex ratios favoring males, the practice of polygamy, and inequitable realities in family law, among other gendered aggressions.
The authors find that the treatment of women informs human interaction at all levels of society. Their research challenges conventional definitions of security and democracy and shows that the treatment of gender, played out on the world stage, informs the true clash of civilizations.
In terms of resolving these injustices, the authors examine top-down and bottom-up approaches to healing wounds of violence against women, as well as ways to rectify inequalities in family law and the lack Sex the world parity in decision-making councils. Emphasizing the importance of an R2PW, or state responsibility to protect women, they mount a solid campaign against women's systemic insecurity, which effectively unravels the security of all. Try logging in through your institution for access. Log in to your personal or through your institution. For example, take a moment and picture a tree.
What do you see? Perhaps you envision a tall tree with many leaves and a big straight trunk with long branches. Do you think about the root system that is sometimes larger than the part of the tree above-ground—the roots that keep the tree alive? What alternatives would you have to heal sick trees or to grow new trees if you never considered the roots? We rarely consider the whole picture, and Certainly, women who suffer from violence and inequality can be found in every country, region, and city, but if we were to create a mental map of where women in the world suffer in a more widespread manner, there would be some regions and countries that we might color with a darker shade than others, indicating poorer conditions overall for women.
The accuracy of our personal cartographic What are the roots of conflict and insecurity for states? Attention turns to differences in state attributes when the international system is relatively stable. Some scholars argue that civilizational differences, defined by ethnicity, language, and religion, are an underlying catalyst for conflict and insecurity. Humankind has been likened to a bird with one strong wing men and one wounded wing womena bird that has never flown.
How should human societies move to heal these wounds? Contemplating this question, some think to pit top-down approaches against bottom-up approaches, asserting that one is more efficacious Even well-intended top-down efforts to provide women with physical security, equity in family law, and opportunities to participate in social and political decision making face many obstacles and may take time to make a difference on the ground.
While every top-down approach must be pursued, we cannot simply wait for large organizations and governments to act. Furthermore, top-down efforts will almost certainly be more effective if there is a mirroring effort at the social level. We must further the cause at every level of society, including at the grassroots level, where THERE IS SOMETHING spectacular about watching a bird take flight: a flock of flamingos awkwardly rising from the water; a single kingfisher leaving its perch on an overhanging branch to drop down into the water to spear a fish; a robin returning with food to her nest of hungry babies.
More often than not it is in the security and protection of trees that birds seek refuge and from which birds take flight. That image of birds and the trees that harbor them echoes the theme of roots and wings that we have developed over the course Sex the world this book Sex and World Peace Valerie M. Copyright Date: Published by: Columbia University Press.
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