Impact of War and Militarization on Women

May 24, 2009 posted by admin

Last year’s UN Security Council Resolution 1820 recognized sexual violence as a war crime. Its passage is often cited as a milestone.  Given so many conflicts around the globe, however, what was this resolution’s real impact? If your heart drops every time you think about the continuing rape in the Congo, you are not alone! For NCRW’s upcoming Annual Conference we have assembled a special panel featuring experts on women, war and security. 

Join Cynthia Enloe, Clark University; Megan MacKenzie, Belfer Center for International Security and the Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard University; Anisha Desai, Women of Color Resource Center; Carol Cohn, Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts, Boston; and Andrea Friedman, Global Justice Center as they wrestle with current debates. They will tackle such issues as what are the highlights of the women-lead anti-war advocacy? How can we engage more women in the peace-building process? Does the common portrayal of women as victims affect our understanding of conflict?

Would you like to shoot us a burning question or comment? Submit your ideas here and our panelists will address it during the discussion. See you at the conference in June!


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The impact of the presence of the international peacekeepers, including the private security firms, on the creation of demand for trafficked women has been well documented. What can be done to prevent the rise of trafficking in persons during the peace-building process?
Please note the above questions are to be directed to the LGBT panel. Thanks.
In what ways can trans (transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, etc.) issues be addressed and/or combatted beyond "efforts" within LG(B?)(T?) communities? In other words, how are trans issues also "women's" issues? (ex. Employment Non-Discrimination Act, the DSM revisions, sex segregated facilities, and prison reform).