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WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP IN PEACE BUILDING: Conflict, Community and Care, Edited by Mirjam van Reisen

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WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP IN PEACE BUILDING: Conflict, Community and Care, Edited by Mirjam van Reisen

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This book appears at a critical time in human history as our social concerns are further mitigated by an eminent threat to World wide safety and survival. The present crisis of war, destabilization, economic downturns, human rights violations and state interventions are leading to unprecedented number of refugees in many regions of our embattled planet.

 

The Ebola epidemic in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has transformed a health crisis into a peace and security challenge. It shows what we already know, that peace and care are intrinsically related.   The well-being and care of people in affected communities and the means to provide care within communities is central to conflict-resolution.

 

The leadership that women offer in this context constitutes an important element of peace-building and so is women’s ability to participate in governance.  In an increasingly connected world, women and men ‘care’ for others across borders and continents, linking families and communities through mobile phones and social media.

 

However, regional and civil conflict, challenges of changing hegemonic power and new threats against peace and well-being of peoples especially impact on gender-relations and endanger women’s safety. In this rapidly changing reality, the philosophy of relations in the African woldview of Ubuntu, the Christian understanding of community and old customs and cultures of care, may be invaluable facilitators of peace. This volume builds on the earlier work of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Elisabeth Rehn on “Women, War and Peace” (2002) and examines the relation between women’s leadership and peace building.

 

As human beings, we are not fighting to die, but to live. If we care about our communities we can resolve conflict, overcome the hardest challenges and rebuild our peace.

—Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MIRJAM VAN REISEN is Professor of International Social Responsibility at Tilburg University and Amsterdam University College and Member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of The Netherlands. She leads the Research Group ‘Globalisation, Ageing, Innovation and Care’ and has published on human trafficking, migration, international relations and human rights.

 

SUBJECT CATEGORIES
Women’s Studies, History/AFRICA

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