Most of us gain nothing and lose much from living in an increasingly militarised world, observes Milena Abrahamyan, and those at the bottom lose most of all. Economies may boom in times of war, but so does inequality, and the collateral damage from weapons manufacturers’ wares are inevitably the poor.
When a fellow kombi passenger demands to know why the African Union, SADC and UN aren’t helping to tackle Zimbabwe’s woes, Maureen Sigauke is spurred to reflect on regional and global integration and governance. Are these organisations farcical, ineffective — or grounds for hope?
In the South Caucasus, where three conflicts have been ongoing since the 1990s, many women’s organizations are working to build peace. But relatively few, writes Milena Abrahamyan, draw on feminist analysis to focus on the links between patriarchy and violence at all levels, from the home to the battlefield.