Human Security

A new concept is being elaborated in the international community at the beginning of the 21st century, that of “human security.” In part this concept is a response to changing economic and political conditions often associated with “globalization.” These conditions have generated deepening disparities in wealth in many parts of the world; the economic and social dislocation of whole populations; the eruption of violence and terror in the name of ethnic, nationalistic, and religious identities and differences; and the trafficking of people (especially women and children), commodities (e.g., drugs and arms), and ideas and information across political and cultural borders.

Despite three decades of activism connected to the international women’s movement, and the growing research and testimonials identifying the ways the forces of globalization differentially impact women and men, little attention has been given to the gendered dimensions of human security or to encompassing components that build on women’s knowledge and experiences.


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