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Margaret Shkimba: Women are central to peacebuilding

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My beliefs about war crystallized with clarity when my youngest daughter was born. The first Gulf War had recently begun. I remember the moment so clearly. After nine months of extreme morning sickness that lasted all day and then pushing a baby the size of a small turkey out of my body, it came to me like divine revelation as I thought to myself: bloody hell. This is what we do this for? To be used as war fodder for geopolitical conflict?

As a writer, I have to believe in the power of persuasion over force. Military conflict is the ultimate consequence of a breakdown in communications, a breakdown with devastating consequences on innocent people, most notably women and children. War is a dominantly masculine undertaking. It is with dismay that I consider the recent "gains" for women's rights in the United States with the Supreme Court ruling that women can now be drafted into service just like men. This is a case where the measure of men falls short and the measure of women should prevail; sometimes feminism is men having the same rights women do.

This isn't a left or right issue, there are peaceniks on both sides. No one wants........

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