The Role of Women in Peace-Building Essay

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In the undeniable patriarchy of the modern world it could be argued that with an increase in female participation in positions of power and influence there would inherently be an increase in world peace. This statement is multifaceted and riddled with a huge lack of empirical data due to only 20% of the world’s political leaders being female. Though with limited data, it can be seen that gender plays no real influence on how a leader will lead a state, and therefor has no play on whether a leader will be more peaceful. This essay intends to argue this idea through; the prevalence in the inevitability of states and war, the fact that there is already a continuing exponential decrease in war and violence in the world unrelated to gender …show more content…
Indira Gandhi ordered a retaliatory attack on Pakistan, starting a 13-day war, which closed with the surrender of Pakistani forces. Possibly the best example of female leaders who have acted ruthlessly rather than peacefully, is Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Meir not only commissioned the Mossad to assassinate members of terrorist groups Black September and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). But also an instigator in the Yom Kippur war, which saw Arab and Israeli troops battle after years of increased tension amongst the states. It is clear that because war is an inevitability and not a direct correlation to the leaders gender, that the specific sex of a leader is not reason enough to assume they would sustain a more peaceful world.

The world is becoming increasingly less violent without a direct correlation to a significant increase in female leadership positions (.02% in the past 2 years) and therefor leaders genders are an irrelevancy. Psychologist and popular science author Steven Pinker boldly suggests that we are “living in the most peaceable era in our species’ existence” . Pinker develops this idea throughout his book ‘The Better Angels of Our Nature’ as he segregates human existence in the past millennia into six phases. The present phase referred to as the “Rights Revolution”, stretches from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 to the contemporary

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