Rwandan Women Parliamentarians & Women Strike for Peace: Instrumental Femininity & Power

Catia Confortini

Laura Sjoberg

November 2, 2010

UMass Boston

Is it accurate or morally acceptable to essentialize women as more peaceful than men? Many scholars have pointed at women's vulnerability in militarized contexts to argue that women have a particular interest in peace. Among peace activists, there have been women who have intentionally associated themselves with femininity and the peacefulness that is perceived as paired with it. Catia Confortini and Laura Sjoberg look both at women who have gained political power by claiming that women are more suited for the making and keeping of peace, and at elites who have turned political power over to women for these reasons, a phenomenon they call "the power of peace."

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