Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury and death for women worldwide between the ages of 15 and 44, a third of all women. As the authors of the remarkable book “Sex and World Peace” document, “The physical security of women is strongly associated with the peacefulness of the state.”
States with higher levels of gender equality are less likely to rely on military force to settle international disputes — to threaten, display or use force — or go to war once engaged in an intrastate dispute. They’re also less likely to experience domestic conflict.
As the authors show, “States that have improved the status of women are as a rule healthier, wealthier, less corrupt, more democratic, and more powerful on the world stage in the early 21st century.”
The authors conclude: “The primary challenge of the 21st century is to eliminate violence against women and remove the barriers to the development of their strength and creativity and voice. Establishing gender equality in interpersonal relationships, in homes, in the workplace, and in decision-making bodies at all levels will change states and their behaviors, and in turn will bring prosperity and peace to the world.”
They say we need to work for women’s physical security, equity in family law, and parity in the councils of human decision-making. “The true clash of civilizations will not be along the lines envisioned by Samuel Huntington [between Islam and the West] but along the fault lines between civilizations that treat women as equal members of the human species and civilizations that cannot or will not do so.”
Underlying these realities is, says social psychologist Alice Eagly, that “Gender stereotypes trump race stereotypes in every social science test.”
According to philosopher Sylviane Agacinski: “It is always the difference of the sexes that serves as a model for all other differences, and the male/female hierarchy that is taken as a metaphor for all inter-ethnic hierarchies.”
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