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Sarup: Asia To The World - Conflict & Feminism

Asia To The World:Conflict And Feminism


By Kamala Sarup

I know many women have played crucial role in raising issues concerning gender disparity and other women's rights in Nepal to the World. Many women also working as a pressure group for the advancement of women.

During 1980's, participation of Nepali women in the public spheres was very low especially in media. Though as an impact of International Women's Year and Decade, there had been started a discussion and debate regarding women's human rights. Many women have gained some remarkable achievements.

It is true, feminism is for women's cause.

The women's issues raised by feminists have penetrated the social consciousness and the reflection of this can be observed in the media.

According to fulfill the aim of the feminists movement, we always need the capable women power who has intensive knowledge and talent about the issues like justice, empowerment, peace and development.

As I know women are always very sincere, committed, genuine and decisive member of the society.

I believe, from a feminist perspective , involves a conflict resolution style that can be easily recognized as compatible with female values.

Because women make an important contribution as peace educators.

It is sad to know that, women are the main innocent victims of the armed conflict.

Women are beaten and tortured. Most often, because the structure of many Asian society and social norms have been shaped by centuries of patriarchy, women find themselves in a disadvantaged position.

Also, women always have to bear a disproportionate burden of poverty.

Women living in poverty, particularly rural women, also suffer because of the use of arms.

So I think, women must be empowered at all levels of decision making.

Feminist organizations should promote peaceful conflict resolution and peace, reconciliation and tolerance through education, and training.

A feminist voice for peace must identify and address the root causes of war.

All strategies for the conflict prevention and resolution should be forward looking and long-term oriented.

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Journalist and Story Writer Kamala Sarup is an editor of peacejournalism.com. Some of the main focus of the e-magazine has been on disarmament, conflict resolution, nonviolent sanctions, conflicts and crises. Its activities include training,research and supports peace, democracy and development in societies undergoing crisis and change. Kamala Sarup is specialising in in-depth reporting and writing on Peace Resolutions, Anti war, Women, Terrorism, Democracy, and Development.

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