Women At War

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Diana Wueger criticizes the common assumption that wars are about fighting between male soldiers:

[C]ivilians are often targets, not just collateral damage; 90 percent of conflict casualties are civilians, many of whom are women and children. A 2009 study by the Peace Research Institute of Oslo concluded, "men are more likely to die during conflicts, whereas women die more often of indirect causes after the conflict is over." When our understanding of a given war focuses so overwhelmingly on its male soldiers and statesmen, we miss the larger context — namely, we underestimate the many roles women can and do play — which makes it harder to end war and create durable peace.

She has some follow-up thoughts here.

(Photo: A Libyan woman, wrapped with the flag adopted by Libya's new rulers, sits with her daughter at a university campus in Tripoli October 27, 2011. By Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images.)