ARLINGTON: Vision Series: Women Waging War and Peace: A Gendered Challenge to Structural Violence
- November 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Arlington Campus: The Auditorium at Founders Hall
Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Professor,
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Traditionally, women play one paramount role in the story of war—that of victim. However, the ways in which women wage war and peace beg a reconsideration of the current dominant narrative about how violence and protracted conflict are gendered. This narrative contains limitations and misconceptions; chief among them is the idea that women are limited to it. The narrative ignores the change in women’s lives resulting from war, as well as the creative strategies women employ to survive. A compilation of actual stories of women’s movements across the globe—as active agents of change in more than 16 countries—demonstrates the richness of women’s experiences during wartime and post-war reconstruction and highlights the wide repertoire of activities in which women engage. The lessons learned are essential for those involved in conflict resolution, development and peace building in our too-violent world.