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Women in International Relations
the threshold of a global feminist revolution, the Canadian activist Nellie McClung said Never underestimate the power of the women. Today, a century later, we are witnessing a radical change regarding womens position in society. Equality in rights of women and men became a natural law, not only stipulated in the constitutions and the UN Charter, but the one that also had managed to take root in the contemporary individuals consciousness., as a political figure is not an exception to the rule any more, but rather an innovation that tends to be accepted and set out as a rule. Once, women have entered the area where men have eagerly maintaining the monopoly - Politics, they have been able, due their capabilities contested for so much time, to occupy important positions in field of International Relations and to influence positively the establishment of favorable reports between countries around the world.
and Womens Emancipation Movement
a simple definition, feminism means the study of and the movement for women, not as objects, but as subjects of knowledge. The concept of feminism refers to a theoretical doctrine claiming equal treatment before the norms, institutions and public and private practices, regardless of gender, equal opportunities to exercise autonomy and self - affirmations of the person.a conceptual category that defines the defense of the womens dignity and the understanding of their rights, feminism appears in the Renaissance era press. A new image of "Western woman" appears: the culturally normal learned woman who was not a queen, not a nun, and most certainly not a courtesan.term "feminist" appears in the connotation which we use today in the late nineteenth century in Great Britain, but as an attitude and an approach it has preceded the canonical use of term. The period following the French Revolution is considered the starting point of the movement for women's emancipation based on texts of such revolutionary writer as Olympe de Gouges and Mary Wollstonecraft.the verge of World War I appears a movement called the "Suffragettes", which after the first world conflagration have obtained for women the right to vote, stated in 1918 in Great Britain and in 1920 the U.S..end of the World War II marked the rise of emancipation movements. Since 1967, the U.S. government launched the programs "Affirmative action" (positive discrimination) for women.recent decades took shape a radical postmodernist feminism, called also "anarchic-feminism", the postmodernist feminism has developed a number of demands regarding the language so that it properly reflects participation and possibilities for participation of women in public life and gender differences become more flexible.feminism is no longer a prominent direction, but many of its objectives maintained their actuality and are widely shared by the public. Since the assertion of the womens right to freedom, the feminist movement has come a long and complex evolution, under the sign of progress at the doctrinal and organizational level.
in International Relations and Discrimination
International Relations is a term used to define the research on women's position in IR, being introduced in the late '80s. After the end of the Cold War the traditional view of IR was reevaluated and for the first time the gender problem was called into discussion.work that reflects in the best way gender concerns in the field, is "Bananas, Beaches and Bases" (1990) by Cynthia Enloe.feminists believe that when women are allowed to participate in IR they behave like men and have similar results. The refusal to accept and the denial would lead to a waste of specialists, since the capacities of women are not inferior to those of menfeminist IR conception involves analyzing how men and women affect and are affected by international politics and the connection between the essential concepts of IR (war, security, etc..) and gender preferences. The study involves not only themes like the states, diplomacy, security, but also the way each gender is involved in the global political economy.discrimination or sexism is a form of discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex, this attitudes being based on beliefs in traditional stereotypes.the moment women dont suffer from open discrimination formalized in legislation, yet there are subtle methods of discrimination which reduces the chances of women to achieve in areas monopolized by men, including IR. One of these methods is language discrimination; most professions in the IR are masculine gender words which, at psychological level, state that only men can practice this professions. There is no feminine gender of words such as "president", "minister", "diplomat", etc.to the report Teaching, Research, and International Politics (TRIP) Survey, the percentage of women studying at the Faculties of IR is of 23, while the percentage of the teachers in the field is 14%.speaking, IR area is associated with the political sphere, because the IR officials working in the Intergovernmental organizations or diplomatic missions are political personalities., theoretically, we should enjoy a high quality democracy, the experience of discrimination stop women from choosing or acheiving success in getting a job in the political field. In 2010 only 18.8% of parliamentarians in most countries of the world were women. For the European Union we have other data, thus in the European Parliament 31% of MPs are women. From 1979 until now, only two women, Simone Veil (1979-1982) and Nicole Fontaine (1999-2002) were chairmen of European Parliament.
in the History of International Relations
until the success achieved by the Emancipation movement, women have occupied high political positions and played a decisive role for the evolution of interstate relations. The leaders - women of tribes in Paleolithic and Neolithic ages are examples, that might be a little lacking of eloquence, but they are the ones that certify the practice of matriarch. The long period during which this political system worked successfully, makes us wonder why during the evolution of civilization, the preference was given to male leaders and officials. However, images of women pharaohs, warriors, empresses, activists and presidents remained famous in the history of mankind.(69-30 BC) - the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, a rare example of a ruling queen who raised armies and conducted wars.was 17 or 18 years old when she became the queen of Egypt, but proved to be a shrewd politician. She was able to regain the throne from her brother Ptolemy XIII and become in 47 BC the only ruler of Egypt. Due to her liaisons with Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony, Cleopatra saved her country from being rapt by the Roman Empire.of Arc (1412-1431) - a national heroine of France and a Roman Catholic Saint.also, The Maid of Orleans,his French young woman is famous for being capable of leading an army during the last part of the Hundred Years War. Her swift victories in Orleans settled the disputed succession to the throne, but soon after the Charles VIIs coronation she was captured and sold to the English King Henry VI.She marked the history by being a military leader, a breaker of medieval gender roles, a peasant revolutionary, and a religious fanatic. Boleyn (1507 - 1536) - Queen of England, the initiator of Anglican Church reform.was crowned Queen of England on June 1, 1533 in a pageant ceremony at Westminster Abbey.Boleyn granted petitions, received diplomats, presided at meetings. She played an important role in England's international position by solidifying an alliance with France, establishing a good relationship with the French Ambassador Gilles Pommeraie.May 2, 1536 Anne was accused of high treason by her husband Henry VIII and executed on May 19.
II (1729 - 1796) - Empress of Russia
II (the Great) exemplifies the enlightened despot of her time. Her reign was considered the Golden Age of the Russian Empire, which extended the borders and included New Russia, Crimea, Right-Bank Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, and Courland at the disadvantage of two powers - the Ottoman the South-Eastern Europe after the first Russo-Turkish War (1768-1774).Pankhurst (1858 - 1928) - British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement.1889 Emmeline Pankhurst founded the Womens Franchise League, which advocated suffrage for women, followed by the Womens Social and Political Union in 1905. Her efforts came to fruition in March 1918, when women over the age of 30 were given the right to vote. In 1928 women were finally given the same voting rights as men in the United Kingdom.to her and other loyal activists work, today women all over the world have equal rights with men and can occupy senior positions, proving that they can be even better specialists than men.Theresa (1910 - 1997) - a Roman Catholic nun, Noble Prize for Peace laureate.Teresa is a personality known worldwide for her charity work, the virtuous life that she had, entirely devoted to the oppressed, the poor and the sick. In 10 years after her death in 2007, the Vatican has begun procedures for canonization, giving her the title "Blessed Teresa of Calcutta".Teresa's Missionaries of Charity had 610 Missions in 123 countries including hospices and homes for people with HIV / AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling Programmes, orphanages and schools.
Parks (1913 - 2005) - an African-American civil rights activist
December 1, 1955, she was arrested for refusing to give up her seat for a white passenger. During the next 381 days the black people of Montgomery have promoted the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was one of the largest movements against racial segregation. Although blacks have fought for their freedom and equality since they arrived in the United States, Rosa Parks's civil disobedience and arrest changed the focus of the movement, from just relying on the courts to gain equality - to rejecting and protesting their treatment in segregated states.Gandhi (1917 - 1984) - Indian politician and one of the most powerful women in the world during her tenure.she came back from Oxford, Indira became a member of the National Congress Party. After India gained independence on August 15, 1947, the politician Indira Gandhi became one of the most important figures in the country. During her tenure, India experienced the highest improvement. In order to assert India on the international arena, she initiated The nuclear program and got involved into the Cold War, in a nine-month battle with Pakistan, being determined to confront Nixon. She was murdered on October 31, 1984, by some extremists infiltrated in his entourage.
Officials in the contemporary International Relations
XXI century has become a symbol of modernization in terms of promoting women on diplomatic posts. Since 1946, diplomacy has become an open field for women, and in 1972 the restrictive policies on celibacy for women diplomats was eliminated. According to statistics, only 21.8% of management positions of 260 diplomatic missions are occupied by women.there are 10 countries in the world led by presidents - women, most of them being the first female president of the state. According to the division by the continents we get the following data:: Tarja Halonen - Finland, Mary McAleese - Ireland, Doris Leuthard - Switzerland and Dalia Grybauskaite - Lithuania.: Roza Otunbayeva - Kirghizstan and Pratibha Patil - India.America: Cristina Kirchner - Argentina, Laura Chinchilla - Costa Rica and Dilma Rousseff - Brazil.: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - Liberia.countries like USA, Croatia, Madagascar, Pakistan, Colombia, Niger, Denmark, Lithuania, Rwanda, Haiti, Mauritania, San Marino, Bangladesh, Liechtenstein, South Africa etc. , the Minister of Foreign Affairs position is occupied by women (except the U.S., where Hillary Clinton is holding the position of Secretary of State, responsible for foreign affairs also).European Union diplomatic corps only has 11 out of 115 current female ambassadors. In 2002, only 11 female ambassadors served their country as the Permanent Representative at the United Nations in New York, with 15 female diplomats posted in Washington. It has been 40 years since women have been permitted to compete for top diplomatic posts, but the FCO is still sending female diplomats to many parts of the world for the first time.are some exceptional women who play an important role in establishing relations between coutries at the moment:Frechette - The first woman who held the highest position in UN.1970 she committed on Canadian Foreign Service, carrying out diplomatic activities in Athens and Madrid. Since 1985, she becomes Canada's ambassador in Argentina and Uruguay. Frechette played a decisive role in the integration of Canada into the Organization of American States.1998 and 2006, she holds the position of UN Deputy Secretary-General, where she assisted the Secretary-General in the full range of his responsibilities.a member of CIGI, Louise Fréchette was distinguished by chairing the Nuclear Energy Futures project since 2006.Veil - The first female president of the European Parliament.the 1979 European elections, she was elected as Member of the European Parliament. She held this position until 1982. Not only that Veil was the first president of the elected Parliament, but was also the first female president since the establishment of the of this European legislative body in 1952. Between 1984 and 1989 she was the leader of the Liberal Democrat group.holds awards for the contributions made in the IR field and activates as a member of the Académie française since 2008.Salbi - founder of Women for Women International organisation.for Women International is a humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. She has held the post of CEO of the organization from its founding until 2011.an activist promoting women's support, she earned worldwide recognition, becoming an important figure of IR. For her work in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1993, Zainab Salbi has been honored by Former President Bill Clinton. Zainab Beads is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and is a member of the UN Secretary General's Civil Society Advisory Group focusing on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Rousseff - politician and the current president of Brazil
was elected in a run-off on 31 October 2010 and Became the first female elected president of Brazil. As president of Brazil, she continues the policy of promoting the country's in the BRICS- the economic organization that brings together emerging countries like Russia, China, India, South Africa and Brazil. On 28 March 2012, she attended the BRICS Summit in Delhi, India. The meeting aimed to set up the closer diplomatic relationship between these countries and proposes BRICS as an alternative to the World Bank. According to statistics Goldman Sacks, BRICS states are predicted to become five most influent powers in world economics.officers of the IR, women have shown that they have the necessary diplomatic skills to perform successful activities both within international organizations as well as in diplomatic missions. Equally with men, women have diplomatic weapon in their arsenal such as the ability to negotiate, rational analysis of facts and mediation in order to maintain the peace. Women as negotiators can achieve better results because they are showing the virtues of patience, cooperation, careful listening, and mutual understanding necessary when decided upon the fate of the world.some cases only women, as the officials of IR, have access to parts of the world where gender segregation is prevalent. On the other hand a woman - diplomat can serve as an incentive for all women still suffering of discrimination to escape from the yoke of disregard., the woman - diplomat is the symbol of the fact that the principles of gender equality are working and therefore we enjoy a better functioning democracy, she is a symbol of a mature society.woman is no longer that poor and vulnerable being, dependent on man, isolated from participation in state management and unable to direct her own fate, she became an important pillar of society, an eminent figure in the political and has taken its place at the round table where the fate of the world is decided.
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