gender and militarism

Women Conscientious Objectors - An Anthology

"This anthology is much, much more than a mere round-up of experience of women in the movement for men's conscientious objection to obligatory military service. It is more, even, than an account of women's struggle against their own conscription. For what we see here is women, at different moments, in one country after another, creating for themselves the concept, analysis and practice of a distinctive feminist antimilitarism. Starting from a focus on soldiering, they soon notice that militarisation is not just the existence of armies. It penetrates and deforms daily life in myriad ways.

Author(s)/editor(s): 
Ellen Elster and Majken Jul Sørensen
Publisher: 
War Resisters' International
Year published: 
2010
ISBN: 
978-0-903517-22-5


Price: £8.00 (US$13.41 ; €10.23)

Spain: Feminist Intelligence vs. The Lords of Darkness!

michelle renyé (March 2014)

Women decide, the State guarantees, society respects& the Catholic Church does not intervene!

Quotes from WRI's Countering the Militarisation of Youth conference: Gender and sexuality

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The image of masculinity...the model men that go to war, that compete. - Jorge Veléz, Colombia

The Ministry of Women, for example, was created in 2006 and since then one of the main goals that the Minister for Women has proposed is to provide two million female members to the militia. She has already set in motion a first stage where she promised 150,000... - Rafael Uzcategui, Venezuela

Survey findings: Gender and sexuality

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Of the thirty-two countries surveyed, there is only an active attempt to recruit LGBT people in four. Eight countries don’t allow LGBT people to enlist at all, although of those, Kenya is the only one where homosexuality is actually illegal. In Turkey men can be exempted from military service if they can 'prove' (including by providing photos or video footage of them having sex with men) that they are homosexual. But in the majority of countries, sexuality is simply not a recruitment criterion.

Conscription for women in Norway

Photo: Norwegian Ministry of DefencePhoto: Norwegian Ministry of DefenceOn 14th June this year the Norwegian parliament decided to introduce conscription for women. The question was on the agenda of all the political parties’ yearly meetings this spring, spearheaded by women from a young generation. The most surprising thing, bearing in mind the Norwegian context, is that the socialist party’s young women were at the very front in calling for this change.

Conscription extended to women in Norway

Norway has joined Israel and Eritrea, becoming one of a handful of countries worldwide that conscript women.

Unnatural Sexual Relation or Psycho-Sexual Deficiency: Is A Third Way Impossible?

Within Turkish society, which is dominated by a spiral of 'masculinity' and 'military service', sexism and homophobia are ever present. Militarist institutions humiliate and label homosexuals, they treat them carelessly and make their life miserable, especially when it comes to the 'military service'. Firstly, the army as an institution has been presented as a gift that remains out of reach if one is gay.

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