Author: Radhika Coomaraswamy
Editor(s): Radhika Coomaraswamy / Dilrukshi Fonseka
Publisher: Kali/Women Unlimited
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8188965081
It is now widely recognized that women are uniquely affected by war and violence-their traditional role as nurturers of the family suffers strain; their bodies become sites for the expression of hatred and revenge; their subordinate positions in everyday life render them especially vulnerable. Increasingly, women are also drawn into conflict as active participants-as soldiers in war, as guerillas in subversive movements.
In post-conflict scenarios, however, the presence of women is almost negligible. In negotiating peace settlements, in drafting constitutions and in working for peace between conflicting groups, men far out-number women. The papers in this volume explore the multiple ways in which women relate with war and peace, assessing their participation and unraveling their potential for shaping a more stable and peaceful social structure. Taking cognizance of the large number of civilian victims of modern-day conflicts, the essays throw light on the questioning of status quo that is often most acute in times of conflict.
This volume addresses the need to understand both the in-depth reality of each particular conflict site-Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Japan, Ireland, Yugoslavia, South Africa, the Indian subcontinent- and also the experiences of women peace-workers across these different sites in a comparative perspective. While discussing the diverse strategies used by peace-workers and their relative success of failure, it also underlines the importance of women’s participation in forging partnerships for a lasting peace.
Radhika Coomaraswamy & Dilrukshi Fonseka
Ter-Reign of Terror: 11 September and Its Aftermath
Peace, Human Rights and Women’s Peace Activism: Feminist readings
Doing Peace: Women Resist Daily Battle in south Asia
Comparative Feminist Perspectives: Sri Lanka and the Post-Yugoslav States
Women Address the Problems of Peace Agreements
Women, Peace Processes and Constitution-Building
Making Constitutions: Including women
Engendering the Constitution-Making Process
Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
Justice for the Former Comfort Women
INDAI LOURDES SAJOR
Truth and Reconciliation: Engaging State and Society in South Africa