CALL FOR PAPERS

Asia Pacific Women’s Conference

Women, Peace and Security: VISIONS FOR A NEW WORLD

8-10 September 2009 : Philippine Normal University (PNU)

Manila, Philippines

Women are at the center of conflicts and wars, both overt and silent.
They bear the brunt of violence in different forms, whether in their
personal lives or from armed conflicts within their communities or
among nations of the world.
Yet women have not been mere victims or casualties of war. Women have
always struggled and survived over experiences of violence. They
continue to work for peace and build secure communities. Women have
been mostly invisible, however, in peace negotiations and policy
making in many countries.

It is time for women to take the lead and to declare their vision for
a new world where women and humanity can enjoy peace and security.
The Conference on Women, Peace and Security: VISIONS FOR A NEW WORLD
will be hosted by the Peace Women Partners-Asia Pacific in partnership
with the Center for Peace and Human Rights Education of the Philippine
Normal University. It aims to bring women of the world together to
discuss critical issues and define strategies for women’s peace and
security in Asia-Pacific.

Interested women are invited to submit abstracts for presentations relevant to any of the themes below.
THEMES
Impact of Wars and Militarization on Women
Nuclear Proliferation
Foreign Bases
Women in Internal Conflict Situations
Threats to Women’s Bodily Integrity
Domestic Violence
Sexual assault
Issues on Women’s Physical and Emotional Health
Sexual Exploitation In Our Globalized World
Trafficking
Prostitution
Pornography
Increasing Media Sexualisation of Women and Girls
Silent Wars Against Women
Reproductive Technologies
Use of Pesticide and Genetic Engineering in seeds
Other Medical and Pharmaceutical Experimentations
Economic Crisis
Globalization
Women’s Poverty
Employment and Migration
Control Over Land and Food Production
Dumping of Drugs on Poorer Nations
Funding for Women’s Peace and Development Projects
Environmental Concerns
Impact of Climate change on women
Food, water and energy issues
Destruction of Biodiversity
Women’s Actions for Peace and Security
Trauma Healing
Women’s Roles in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
Women’s Spaces and Communities for Peace
Alternative Development Paradigms
CATEGORIES FOR PRESENTATIONS AND PARTICIPATION
1. Paper. A 15-minute paper addressing one of the themes.
2. Artistic expression: e.g. visual arts, theater, music, poetry, dance.
3. Poster: Posters will be displayed throughout the conference with time set aside for discussion
4. Craft: Craft items will be displayed and kept for selling as women’s own ways of raising funds

ABSTRACTS
Abstracts are to be 200 words in length and should indicate clearly what the content and purpose of your contribution will be.
The following details must be included in your submission:
. Full name of presenter
. Presenter’s preferred title
. Complete mailing address
. Organisation (if any)
. Telephone, fax, mobile, email
. Presentation category (i.e. Paper, Artistic Expression, Poster)
. Title of presentation
. Theme (nominate one of the above themes):
. Abstract (200 words).
Please email to: asiapacific.pwp@gmail.com
Abstracts can also be faxed or mailed to
Asia Pacific Women’s Conference Secretariat
Room 203-A
Center for Peace and Human Rights Education
Philippine Normal University
Taft Avenue, Manila
PHILIPPINES
Telefax. No. (632) 527 03 73
All presenters must be registered for the conference. Details for Registration will be out soon.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS: May 15, 2009
If you would like more information, please feel free to email:
Merci L. Angeles : mvl.pwp@gmail.com
Betty McLellan: bettymclellan@bigpond.com

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This conference will surely make its mark in women's quest for global empowerment and mainstreaming within the discourse of gender- based peace and development. However, its success will not go beyond calls for the development of an engendered peace and collaborative paradigm. History will bear me witness, that men have been central to the victimization women have been suffering in the world. Therefore, it will be good for men to be central in the process of undoing the stereotypes and masculinization of the world. Women cannot acheive it all alone. In Africa, for instance, societies are patriachal and if that is to be lost, men will have to know that they are not loosing their powers, rather they are being empowered with the empowerment of women. That said, I suggest that the conference adopt a gender balanced outlook: so that men will not see the legitimate efforts of women for equality as a "feminist" rebellion to the status quo (as a disclaimer, this is not my opinion but that of the many men I am working with as part of my research work).

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