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Beijing Platform for Action. Chapter IV: Strategic Objectives and Actions: Paragraph 139


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/07/16

Strategic objective D.3.

Eliminate trafficking in women and assist victims of violence due to prostitution and trafficking

Actions to be taken

139. During times of armed conflict and the collapse of communities, the role of women is crucial. They often work to preserve social order in the midst of armed and other conflicts. Women make an important but often unrecognized contribution as peace educators both in their families and in their societies.

Beijing Declaration (1995)

When we look at the levels of the devastation wrought and brought by war, the tragedy comes a shock to some, as a casual fact of the world to others, and even, in fact, comes down to the level of the individual and the family. For example, when we think of a home, as Dr. Norman Finkelstein notes about the Palestinians, the destruction, the indiscriminate and deliberate bulldozing, of a home is the loss of space, personal emotive space – a vacancy for oneself that, by that nature of personal attachment, is not, in fact, vacant.

War produces a collapse of individuals and families. It can collapse communities too. The role of women in these contexts is as important as in the preventative processes of including women in the work of increasing peace and reducing war, e.g., arguing for reduced military expenditures of societies. Women, by the reckoning of the writers of the Beijing Declaration “often work to preserve social order,” even in “the midst of armed and other conflicts.”

This is a highly salient fact of the matter. Women tend to make more peace; men tend to make more war. However, as the narratives around war blur the historical facts, women can have an “often” – there’s that word again – “unrecognized contribution as peace educators” for the families and the communities. Without the women as mediators or intermediaries, we can come to experience more war, not less, and so more death and destruction – and “collapse of communities” – not less.

Indeed, those conditions, as have been noted, wherein women can be subject to prostitution and trafficking can be rife in these areas. We’re left with the issues of men and women dying, and with poorer livelihoods, without the contributions of women as preventatives of the “collapse of communities” reflective of individual, familial, and, by implication, partial societal collapse.

–(Updated 2018-11-10, only use the updated listing, please) One can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights:

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