To explore some of the deeper social structures that promote and perpetuate violence against women and girls, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) has launched a multi-year campaign theme on the intersections of militarism and violence against women. While there are many different ways to define militarism, our working definition outlines militarism as an ideology that creates a culture of fear and supports the use of violence.
Militarism also privileges certain violent forms of masculinity, which often has grave consequences for the true safety and security of women, of men who do not conform to these roles, and of society as a whole.
Still, often when we hear about security, it’s in terms of the State: military, police, private armies or other “security sector” agents.
CWGL has heard accounts of how this theme resonates with many activists. One activist from Mozambique expressed her concern that there could not be “Peace on Earth while there is War in the Home”. Her comments stayed with us, and we hope this year’s theme describes the complex relationship between peace, home, and the world, and recognizes the many spaces where militarism influences our lives. Therefore, the 2011 theme slogan for the 16 Days campaign will be:
From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World:
Let's Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!
For this year's 16 Days Campaign, take action and let the world know what "security" means to you:
Join in redefining security from the ground up! Submit your thoughts here!
Or directly post your comments in the box below!
CWGL will be sharing your ideas and testimonies on the 16 Days website. Your submissions will help guide our advocacy on state spending priorities.
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