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3 Beyond Survival: Militarism, Equity and Women’s Security

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This chapter explores the tension between the prospects for equitable development and the global investments in militarism. It argues that militarism, a highly gendered economic, political and cultural phenomenon, not only sustains under-development in poorer nations, but also poses a key obstacle to gender equity in militarized societies. Evidence from current research on the Liberian and Sierra Leonean civil wars illustrates women's increased participation in more recent conflicts, their improvised livelihood strategies and their contribution to peace activism. In the era of neoliberal globalization, postcolonial militarism continues to undermine the prospects for democratization, social justice and genuine security, especially for women. An effective strategy for addressing the dual perils of militarism and gender inequality requires strengthening the work of women's movements, to engage in more effective evidence-based advocacy that highlights and challenges the gendered political, economic and cultural foundations of militarism and insecurity.

Keywords: gender equity; Liberian civil war; militarism; Sierra Leonean civil war

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