Category Archives: Women and Children

Message from Pax Christi Executive Director – Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN

Pax Christi USA
Dear Pax Christi USA Member,
As a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN), I am humbled to join the ranks of the  outstanding leaders who have served as executive director of Pax Christi USA. I look forward to the challenge and to working with you as we approach the 40th anniversary of the Catholic peace movement in the United States. Continue reading Message from Pax Christi Executive Director – Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN

More Dangerous to Be a Woman than a Soldier

By Saaleha Bamjee

MIDRAND, South Africa, Sep 30, 2011 (IPS) – African women who bear the brunt of the continent’s conflicts now demand to play a defining role in peacekeeping.   A resolution to foster women’s political participation in the domain of peacekeeping and conflict management was accepted on Friday at the 2011 Women’s Platform for Action in Africa (WPAA).  Under the auspices of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the WPAA meeting emphasised the urgent need for better female representation at national levels, where women can actively take part in decisions to prevent war and mediate conflict. Continue reading More Dangerous to Be a Woman than a Soldier

Gender aspects of climate change

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Irene Dankelman
One of the most persistent inequalities in our societies consists of the (socially constructed) inequality between women and men. And this is despite the progress that has been made in recent years in achieving Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality, mainly by improving the access of girls to education. Women are less involved in decision making, they hold less often a top position in the labour markets, and they are less rewarded for the same work. In many countries and communities, oppression, poor living and health conditions, as well as violence against women, form a major concern. Not without good reason, it is still emphasized that the majority of people living in poverty are women and children. Continue reading Gender aspects of climate change

Strauss-Kahn: a metaphor for IMF practices

Leonardo Boff
Theologian
Earthcharter Commission

One might think that it is a tragedy that the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, succumbed to his vice, the obsessive search for perverse sex. Running naked after a Black maid in suite 2806 of the Sofitel Hotel in New York City, he grabbed and forced her to have sex. The details were thoroughly described by the New York District Attorney. For the sake of decency, I will not repeat them. It was not a tragedy for him: it was just one more person in this world whom he has victimized. Afterwards, he got dressed, and went directly to the airport. Continue reading Strauss-Kahn: a metaphor for IMF practices

Strauss-Kahn: a metaphor for IMF practices

Leonardo Boff
Theologian
Earthcharter Commission

One might think that it is a tragedy that the head of the IMF, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, succumbed to his vice, the obsessive search for perverse sex.  Running naked after a Black maid in suite 2806 of the Sofitel Hotel in New York City, he grabbed and forced her to have sex. The details were thoroughly described by the New York District Attorney.  For the sake of decency, I will not repeat them.  It was not a tragedy for him: it was just one more person in this world whom he has victimized. Afterwards, he got dressed, and went directly to the airport. Continue reading Strauss-Kahn: a metaphor for IMF practices

What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

Institute for Policy Studies

She deserves compassion as the global punditocracy conjectures about what’s going happen to the IMF without that French “rockstar” at its helm.

Tiffany Williams

As details emerge in the case of International Monetary Fund chief and alleged assaulter Dominique Strauss-Kahn, my eye is on how his wrecked political clout is getting all the attention. The brutal assault of a hotel housekeeper that Manhattan District Attorney Artie McConnell described yesterday to a judge, who subsequently ordered that the IMF’s managing director be held without bail at the Rikers Island jail complex? Not so much. Continue reading What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

If African women do not tell their own narratives, no one else will

Daily Nation

By RASNA WARAH

It is sad, but hardly surprising, that the narrative about the post-election violence is once again being dominated by male voices.   Whether as alleged perpetrators of the violence or seekers of justice for the victims of the atrocities committed in 2007/8, the story about what happened, who did what to whom, and under whose command, is being told and interpreted mainly by men. Continue reading If African women do not tell their own narratives, no one else will