Violent conflict, climate change, and poverty present distinct threats to women worldwide. Importantly, women are leading the way creating and sharing sustainable solutions. Women’s security is a valuable analytical tool as well as a political agenda insofar as it addresses the specific problems affecting women’s ability to live dignified, free, and secure lives. First, this collection focuses on how conflict impacts women’s lives and well-being, including rape and gendered constructions of ethnicity, race, and religion. The book’s second section looks beyond the scope of large-scale violence to examine human security in terms of environmental policy, food, water, health, and economics. Multidisciplinary in scope, these essays from new and established contributors draw from gender studies, international relations, criminology, political science, economics, sociology, biological and ecological sciences, and planning.
Chapter 1. Women’s Voices: Perspectives on Violence, Environmental Threats, and Human Security (Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Richard A. Matthew, Tera Dornfeld, and Patricia A. Weitsman)
PART 1: CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE Chapter 2. Women, War, and Identity: Policies of Mass Rape in Bosnia and Rwanda (Patricia A. Weitsman) Chapter 3. Women and Human Security: Women, Small Arms, and Light Weapons (Rachel Stohl) Chapter 4. Feminism, Rape, and War: Engendering Suicide Terror? (Mia Bloom) Chapter 5. Women, Human Security, and Countering Violent Extremism (Joana Cook) Chapter 6. The Challenges for Gender Awareness in Civil-Military Operations (Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv) Chapter 7. Fieldwork in the Land of Savages, Victims, and Saviors: Lessons from the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Holly Dunn) PART 2: ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC SECURITY Chapter 8. The Tehri Dam Project in India: Impact on Women’s Household Food and Economic Security (Vandana Asthana) Chapter 9. Reimagining Citizen Science for Women’s Human Security: Shifting Power with Critical Pedagogy and Feminist Perspectives (Tera Dornfeld and Nina M. Flores) Chapter 10. Women Building Sustainable Communities: Comondú, Baja California Sur, Mexico (Martha Adriana Márquez-Salaices and Manuel Ángeles) Chapter 11. Women and Financial Inclusion (Elissa McCarter LaBorde) Chapter 12. Reflections and Looking Ahead (Richard A. Matthew, Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv, Nora Davis, and Tera Dornfeld) Contributors Index
Richard A. Matthew is associate dean of research and international programs and professor of urban planning and public policy in the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.
The late Patricia A. Weitsman was professor of political science and director of war and peace studies at Ohio University.
Gunhild Hoogensen Gjørv is professor of peace and conflict studies at the Centre for Peace Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.
Nora Davis is a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology.
Tera Dornfeld received her PhD from the University of California, Irvine, School of Social Ecology and works on environmental advocacy and policy.
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