Amidst conflict situations all around our increasingly violent world-ranging from wars between nations to abuse of women and children within the home-women are making effective, courageous, and often creative nonviolent responses. Yet little attention has been given to the specific contributions of women to "conflict resolution." This book helps to fill that gap.
After three analytical essays, women from thirteen countries around the world present case studies of how women's groups are confronting violence in their contexts. What they have in common is that all grow out of an awareness of the interlinkages of various forms of violence, an emphasis on practical action, and an insistence on nonviolence as the only appropriate and workable means of responding to violence.
At the time of the first printing of the book the three editors were staff members of the three organizations responsible for the study on women and nonviolence, from which this book emerged, namely Aruna Gnanadason (World Council of Churches), Musimbi Kanyoro (Lutheran World Federation), and Lucia Ann McSpadden (Life & Peace Institute). The focal goal of the study was to stimulate networking between scholars and women practitioners and to enhance the efficiency of a nonviolent struggle for human rights.