Women in Action

Magazine keeping readers up-to-date on the women's movement worldwide.

Articles from No. 2, August

Babaylan Women as Guide to a Life of Justice and Peace
Marianita (Girlie) Villariba is a sociologist who practises 'babaylan' (mystical women) work. Girlie, as she is fondly referred to in Isis, talks about the indigenous ways of remembering and honoring personal and community wellness. She is in the midst...
Editorial
In December 2005, Isis commissioned two papers on the theme "peace and security" for its Gender, Governance and Democracy monograph series. The contributing authors, Anurada Chenoy (1) and Marieme Helie-Lucas, (2) both called for the urgent development...
Hope for Peace Embedded in the Ordinary-Peacewomen's Teaching without Teaching
Mahatma Gandhi says, "an eye for an eye," and we all go blind. Hatred, greed, calculation and jealousy work like a plague, infecting more and more people with the curse of violent passions that reduce them to blindness and stupidity. Jose Saramago,...
'May God Give Us Chaos, So That We May Plunder': A Critique of 'Resource Curse' and Conflict Theories
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt scrutinises the increasingly popular theories of the natural resources curse, natural resource conflicts, and natural resource wars. She argues that we need to rethink the issues around resource ownership rights as well as the legal...
Political Violence as Moral Exclusion: Linking Peace Psychology to Feminist Critical Theory
Abstract Coming from peace psychology, this paper attempts to understand political violence by looking at its moral dimension as expressed through the social, psychological and cultural spheres. The result is a model that highlights moral exclusion...
Political Violence, the State and the Anti-State
This paper discusses the Philippine context of a state facing off with socialist revolutionary groups threatening its power. However, the typical solution is violence, specially now that the government's anticommunist stance is now re-stated as anti-terrorism....
Values for Building a Culture of Justice, Peace, and Spirituality
First Value: KALOOBAN at PATOTOO Learning to be, being a human being as defined by our intrapersonal, interpersonal, and spiritual intelligences Loob is the inner Filipino self, and patotoo is manifesting the truth or the integrity of one's motives...
Women as Mediators in Pacific Conflict Zones
The pacific Islands that have undergone a period of armed conflict include Fiji , Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. Women were very much involved in peacebuilding in these countries by engaging in talks with the armed and warring groups specially...
Women Journalists Train for Peacebuilding
This year, Isis International-Manila and Women Writers of Mindanao, Inc. (MinWow) teamed up to develop and conduct "Women Making Airwaves for Peace," a five-day training program in three different cities in Mindanao, Philippines, namely, Cagayan de...
Women, Peace, and Feminism
Whenever you hear the word "peace," do you immediately think of "war," and men? To many people, "peace" is often an antonym to "war" "Peace" events we see in the media often involve leaders of various nations shaking hands or signing peace treaties....