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Gender

A weekend in 'dam: Women's Antiwar Strategy Workshop

Militarism and war have in some ways changed their nature in the last two decades. Or is it our perception of them that's changed? As women in Europe involved in groups opposing militarism and war we have found ourselves having to re-organise our resistance and re-think the alternatives we are calling for.

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Masculinity and conscientious objection

Drawing on his personal experience, Sergeiy Sandler examines the motivations and consequences of resisting military service as part of a masculine identity.

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A CO in the family

What about the people whose lives are turned upside down when they decide that, yes, they will support their friends or family in their objection to military service. Ruth Hiller describes her experience as a mother of a CO and as a feminist activist.

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Zapatismo: a feminine movement

It has been said that the Zapatistas had a revolution within a revolution in terms of the role of women and unique gender dynamics. Three activists from Mexico explain why they believe, as a movement, Zapatismo has more than just symbolic feminine qualities.

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Changing the soldier or changing the military? The case of the Dutch armed forces

As recruiters scramble to keep up the numbers in professionalised armed forces, they are increasingly trying to lure formerly undesirable groups. But Karen Joachim and Dubravka Zarkov think the emphasis on "integration" reveals the need to go beyond cosmetics and make deeper changes in military culture.

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Cypriot women challenge the island's partition

In her ongoing examination of how women can and do operate across borders, and create spaces for dialogue, Cynthia Cockburn reports on a recent "bi-communal" experience in Cyprus.

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Editorial: The gender dynamic

A gender issue of Peace News ... mmm. Could be a big yawn. Are they trotting out those banale "sex differences" again? Are they using the "g" word to avoid the "f" word? Neither. This issue is feminist, it's about power, it affirms the value of women-only organising and, as you'll see, it features men, masculinity and the pros and cons of partnership. In this guest editorial Cynthia Cockburn puts forward the case for a gendered analysis of war and violence and discusses the articles in this issue.

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