February 14th, 2013

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Day 13 Women and War/Peace

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Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.

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From the UN Women web site:

War has always impacted men and women in different ways, but possibly never more so than in contemporary conflicts. While women remain a minority of combatants and perpetrators of war, they increasingly suffer the greatest harm.

In contemporary conflicts, as much as 90 percent of casualties are among civilians, most of whom are women and children. Women in war-torn societies can face specific and devastating forms of sexual violence, which are sometimes deployed systematically to achieve military or political objectives. Women are the first to be affected by infrastructure breakdown, as they struggle to keep families together and care for the wounded. And women may also be forced to turn to sexual exploitation in order to survive and support their families.

Even after conflict has ended, the impacts of sexual violence persist, including unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections and stigmatization. Widespread sexual violence itself may continue or even increase in the aftermath of conflict, as a consequence of insecurity and impunity. Coupled with discrimination and inequitable laws, sexual violence can prevent women from accessing education, becoming financially independent and from participating in governance and peacebuilding.

Moreover, women continue to be poorly represented in formal peace processes, although they contribute in many informal ways to conflict resolution. In recent peace negotiations, for which such information is available, women have represented fewer than 8 percent of participants and fewer than 3 percent of signatories, and no woman has ever been appointed chief or lead mediator in UN-sponsored peace talks. Such exclusion invariably leads to a failure to adequately address women’s concerns, such as sexual and gender-based violence, women’s rights and post-conflict accountability.

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Some great resources on women and war/peace:

No Women No Peace

PBS' Women War and Peace series. You can watch full episodes online.

Peace Women - Women for Peace, Peace for Women
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Day 14 Women and Education

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Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.

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From Global Education of Girls is Key to Development:

UNICEF says that, worldwide, 1 billion adults are illiterate--two-thirds of them women. Nearly 100 million children in the developing world don't have access to education. And for every boy out of school, two girls are unable to attend--70 million girls.

It starts early: Fewer girls than boys finish primary school. By the time they reach 18, girls have, on average, 4.4 years less education than boys. Put another way, 81 million girls--49 million more than boys--have no access to primary school education.

The most important single factor driving the disparity is economic. The harder it is to send children to school, the more likely girls' education will suffer. In many poor countries, families with limited funds are forced to decide whom they will send to school. Either they need help around the house or at work, or they can't afford the costs--transportation, supplies and fees--of schooling all their children. Usually, it's the daughters that miss out.

"There's these cultural beliefs that, since women are just women, no matter how much you educate them they're just going to be someone's wife," says Asabe Audu a program manager at Baobab, a Lagos-based organization promoting women's human rights.

Gender gaps can reach extremes in conservative, rural areas, where traditional practices can impede a girl's education. In northern Nigeria, for instance, early marriage is widely seen as ensuring a bride's chastity. The average wedding age is just over 15, a fact with unfortunate consequences. In 1999, a Nigerian girl was less likely to graduate from school than to drop out to get married.

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Some great resources around girls and education on an international level:

Girls Education International

United Girls Education Initiative

10 x 10, a documentary—Girls Rising—and a social movement.

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls - Poverty Ends with Her.
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Link Round Up Days 9-12

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Since 2006, 14 Valentines has striven to both celebrate how far women have come, and to increase awareness for how far we still have to go for full equality, autonomy, and inclusion.

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Fanworks

Title: Spectrum
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Skyfall (2012)/Eve Moneypenny
Rating: G
Summary:People say Eve slept her way to where she is.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3

Title: Penny Candy
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: HG/Katniss Everdeen
Rating: G
Summary: There’s a fine line between having enough and too much.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3

Title: No Comment
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Avengers/Natasha
Rating: G
Summary: Media, marks, what’s the difference?

Notes: Thanks to harborshore for giving me the idea that sparked this.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3.

Title: Pro Bono Publico
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Suits/Donna
Rating: G
Summary: Donna needs a favor for a friend.


Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, AO3

Title: Lifer
Author: arsenicjade
Fandom/Character: Avengers (MCU)/Maria Hill
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Maria prefers GI Joes to Barbies.

Warnings: Reference to sexual assault.

Notes: I realize this does not match with Hill’s comic-verse background.

Can be found on— LJ, DW, My Site, and AO3


Topical Content

Daybreak777 linked to the comm vchamber at their journal. It's a comm dedicated to fanworks about women of color.

Daybreak777 posted an excerpt from the book, Bastard out of Carolina here.

Daybreak777 posted a bit about Lara Logan here.

Daybreak777 recced/mini-reviewed TransAmerica here.