Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves: The Price of Ignoring Gender in Modern Peace Education


Cook, Sharon Anne. 2007. “‘Sisters are Doin’ it for Themselves’: The Price of Ignoring Gender in Modern Peace Education.” Peace Research 39 (1-2): 59-74.

Author: Sharon Anne Cook


This article argues that the scholarly literature underpinning global and peace education largely ignores gender with troubling results. This omission makes incomprehensible a number of world crises, all of which could benefit from global and peace education. To chart the implications of this omission, this article first surveys peace education and pedagogy, demonstrating some of the intersections with the broader field of global education. Secondly, the article surveys the history of peace education, demonstrating the close interplay between women's activism and peace education. Finally, the article considers some of the effects of a gender blind analysis of peace education for students, for teachers, and for our collective future. In conclusion, the article calls us to reconsider and include gender issues within peace and global education, and to broaden what we define as peace education.

Topics: Education, Feminisms, Gender, Women, Gender Analysis, Gendered Power Relations, Gender Equity, Health, HIV/AIDS, Peacebuilding Regions: Americas, North America, Europe

Year: 2007

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