February 2022 Global Citizen Blog
Advocacy for women's rights and war
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Highlights from This Month's Post

This month, we share an article that analyzes the link between advocacy for women's rights and violent conflict. 


Women's Rights and Peace Don't Always Go Hand in Hand

"Does the U.S. government have an equal interest in supporting, empowering and listening to the voices of Afghan women aligned with the Taliban as they do to secular, Western-aligned female activists? Does the U.N. Security Council care equally about gender-based violence against men and boys?" asks international law and human security expert Charli Carpenter in her op-ed Women's Rights and Peace Don't Always Go Hand in Hand.

"A better way to think about equality in conflict zones may be to think about gender," she writes. "Another may be to heed the ways global gender stereotyping can unintentionally undermine human rights for all genders, as well as inclusive security and durable peace."

Charli Carpenter is a professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, specializing in international law and human security. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations, State Department, Department of Defense and human rights NGO community, and regularly contributes to Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs. 

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