Academic journal article Military Review

WomanStats Database

Academic journal article Military Review

WomanStats Database

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The WomanStats Database is a nation-by-nation database on women that is used for academic research as well as to inform policy formation (the latter includes its use by both the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and various agencies of the United Nations). The database provides a platform from which many different types of research questions concerning women can be addressed. The project's principal research contributors shape their research agendas according to their disciplinary backgrounds and research interests.

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The core researcher contributors and coders primarily explore the relationship between the situation and security of women, and the dynamics among security, stability, and behavior of the state. They address such questions as:

* Are states with greater levels of violence against women less peaceful, of greater concern to the international community, and on worse terms with neighboring states?

* Is the degree to which a state is discrepant in its enforcement of laws protecting women related to the degree to which the state is noncompliant with international norms, treaties, and obligations? …

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