Redefining “Peace” To Include Women

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From Our Bodies Our Blog:

Global Peace Index Fails to Account for Violence Against Women and Children: Describing the Global Peace Index, a ranking of countries according to their level of peacefulness published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, Riane Eisler, author of “The Real Wealth of Nations,” writes in the Christian Science Monitor: “Sensibly, its basic premise is that ‘peace isn’t just the absence of war; it’s the absence of violence.’ The index uses 24 indicators such as how many soldiers are killed, the level of violent crimes, and relations with neighboring countries. Yet it fails to include the most prevalent form of global violence: violence against women and children, often in their own families. To put it mildly, this blind spot makes the index very inaccurate.”

The omission prompted a moving response from Feminist Peace Network.

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