A Cyber Dialogue on the theme ‘Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women’

25 Nov

Cyber training

November 25th launches the 2010 16 Days of Activism and with this Isis-WICCE will commence a cyber dialogue. Asking members of the community particpate and contribute to some of the questions arising from the theme of this year. 

Militarism and violence against women has been an inter-linkage that has not been at the forefront of combating abuses committed against women. A militaristic society believes in having a strong military presence to defend national interests. In trying to define the intersections between Militarism and Violence Against Women, it is imperative to understand the terms.

Today let’s begin the dialogue with what our definition of militarism and violence against women is. Please share with us how you would describe these two terms and how it contributes to the structures of violence?

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7 Responses to “A Cyber Dialogue on the theme ‘Structures of Violence: Defining the Intersections of Militarism and Violence Against Women’”

  1. Mandana November 25, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    For me militarism describes a state that does not uphold rule of law for the sake of national security. A militaristic state focuses their energy on building up their defense and not enough on building the capacity of its citizens. It also allows for lack of accountability especially if the military takes action under the auspice of protecting its citizens but are actually the perpetrators of violence.

    Violence against women is a more nuanced term. It includes physical violence, mental violence, emotional violence…It basically incorporates any abuse that is committed against women. There is no such thing as lawful violence however one has to think that in a militaristic state it would be tolerable…

  2. donnah kamashazi November 27, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    This provides a good opportunity to share on theme for 16days of activism. Very excited to paetipate

    • isiswicce November 29, 2010 at 5:50 am #

      Dear Donnah, thank you for your interest! Please share with us what the terms militarism and violence against women mean to you.

  3. Eman Hashim November 27, 2010 at 10:58 am #

    Hello ISIS,

    I am an Wgyptian blogger and I would like to participate but would like to know how.
    Here is my blog:
    http://justurhead.blogspot.com/

    • isiswicce November 29, 2010 at 5:49 am #

      Dear Emam, thanks so much for your interest! We will be posting a new question later on today but we would like to know your thoughts on militarism and violence against women. What do those terms mean to you?

  4. Helen Kezie-Nwoha December 6, 2010 at 5:45 am #

    We need to define and understand militarism from a broader perspective of what structures are militarised. Militarism can be defined as system that legitimizes power through cohesion. This definition forces us to focus on a broader frame of militarism within national, economic power and militia; it will also include issues of claiming power over a country, the activities of international corporations in other countries, the policies of multinational organizations with their imposed conditions of operations and their services to consumers; the terms and conditions of loans to countries from International financial institutions, and how these various activities points to a form of colonization. At another level it could also be how different militia have used power to show objections and anger over policies and leadership, this is responsible for some of the conflicts we have in Africa. It is a whole range of issues around who is better positioned to be in power and can dictate the pace and call the shots, talk about the current happenings in Ivory Coast, the political activities in Uganda, Liberia and Nigeria.

  5. Helen Kezie-Nwoha December 6, 2010 at 5:53 am #

    Militarism governs the conduct of armed conflict and continues in the post war context, the dynamics and impact of militarism is not different from during the war. This usually translates into high levels of criminal violence and increased violence within the households, families and communities. Research findings show that the end of war hardly brings peace, in fact the level of the violation of women’s right after war has been seen to be higher in post conflict situations, and this state of affairs puts women at a precarious and deprived position. Usually during these war women’s bodies are targeted by armed groups, as a means on hurting whole communities and instigating them into fighting. Whatever the reason these violations have resulted in the destruction of women’s bodies, their dignity, self esteem and their existence. Many have lost their reproductive health systems; some parts of their bodies, some their children and some others their husbands. Till date many of these women suffer from trauma, abandonment, discrimination and above all severe reproductive health complications; which most states have ignored.

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