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March 16, 2009

CONFERENCE ON WOMEN'S ROLE IN PEACEMAKING

Women's E-News - For three days and nights 28-year-old Comfort Wilson rode in the back of a pickup truck from her rural village in Liberia to the capital, Monrovia. She came with 30 women from her village sleeping in the truck bed, eating food they prepared at home.

They came, along with women from Mozambique, Guatemala, Kosovo and 25 other countries, as a global show of support for the idea that more women must be involved in building and maintaining peace.. . .

The women attended the International Colloquium for Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security hosted March 7-10 by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president.

Nearly a thousand women and many U.N. and government officials, including the presidents of Senegal and Rwanda, the prime minister of Mozambique and the vice presidents of Spain and the Gambia, gathered in a stadium outside Monrovia that at one point was used to shelter families from the war. They were there to discuss methods for women's inclusion in peacemaking. . .

The plan called for the bolstering of local women's peace groups, establishing a certificate program for gender-sensitive conflict resolution training and for an early warning training for women to detect outbreaks of violence, and the creation of a national roster of competent female peace negotiators. . .

As disproportionate victims of fighting, with little to no stake in political concessions or appointments, some participants said women bring a relatively objective yet passionate voice for peace to the negotiating table. . .

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to tell Hillary she's a woman.

March 16, 2009 8:17 PM  
Anonymous Mairead said...

What makes you think she is?

Having an XX chromo pattern isn't enough - as Thatcher demonstrated with gruesome clarity.

Where I grew up, womanliness implied a nurturing attitude of mind, something socialisation can convey even to the socially handicapped feminerds like me. But socialisation can't do anything for the real psychopaths like Thatcher, B.Bush, and, it seems to me, H. Clinton. They feign human womanliness when it's in their interest to do so, but it's rarely convincing. They're reptiles under the skin.

March 17, 2009 3:22 PM  

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