The rise in violence against women is interconnected with the presence and rise of authoritarianism and militarism. Gun Free Kitchen Tables, an Israeli feminist movement to counter domestic violence committed by military-issued weapons, looks at the domestic and intimate violence integral to patriarchal militarism and its effects on women.
In this Corona Connection, Asha Hans reflects on the militarist response to COVID-19 in India, illustrating the interrelationships among the multiple “normal” injustices this pandemic has laid bare, showing how they are manifestations of a highly militarized security system. She also invites educators to begin the pedagogic imagining and structuring of a preferred future.
Many in peace and justice movements have called for using this critical time to reflect, plan and learn our way to a more positive future. One contribution we, peace educators might make to this process is reflection on the possibilities for alternative language and metaphors toward which peace linguists and feminists have long tried to persuade us to focus our attention.
This is the final post of the retrospective series revisiting Betty Reardon’ six decades of publications in peace education. “Learning to Disarm” is both a summary of some of the constant core concepts and normative convictions that have infused her work for the last four decades and a call to view peace education as an essential strategy for the implementation of the proposals and politics of peace.
First called for in 1978 in the Final Document of the UN’s first Special Session on Disarmament, Disarmament Week begins on the anniversary of the founding of the UN. It is a time for peace educators to address the problems and possibilities that arise in striving toward what Elise Boulding referred to as a “weapons free world.” As the Global Campaign for Peace Education’s contribution to the aims of the week, we offer materials to initiate discussion of the abolition of nuclear weapons, and contemplating the writing of a “new history.”
This response from Betty Reardon is part of an ongoing dialogical encounter among peace educators. The original intention of this exchange was to introduce alternatives to standard thinking on global problems through focusing on the work of those who manifest such thinking. In this essay, Reardon builds upon Dale Snauwaert’s review and holistic “war system” framework adding a critique of patriarchal power structure.