Women in Peace Politics explores the role of women as agents and visionaries of peace in South Asia. Peace is redefined to include in its fold the attempt by women to be a part of the peace making process, reworking the structural inequalities faced by them and their struggle against all forms of oppression.
This volume, the third in the series of the South Asia Peace Studies, deals with the myriad dimensions of peace as practised by South Asian women over a period of time. It chronicles the lives of "ordinary" women—their transformative role in peace and an attempt to create a space of their own. Their peace activism is examined in the historical context of their participation in national liberation movements since the early twentieth century. The articles in the collection adopt a new approach to understanding peace—as a desire to end repression that cuts across caste, class, race and gender and an effort on the part of women to transform their position in society.
This compilation would interest a wide readership besides students and scholars of human rights, peace and security studies, politics and international relations.
Chapter 8: Motherhood as a Space of Protest: Women's Political Participation in Contemporary Sri Lanka*
Motherhood as a Space of Protest: Women's Political Participation in Contemporary Sri Lanka*
During the years 1987 to 1991, Sri Lanka witnessed an uprising by nationalist Sinhala youth, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and reprisals by the state ...