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27th Aug

2013

Protecting the Majority of Humanity

 

 

August 28, 2013 marks the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s march on Washington DC.  While we consider the lofty vision of a world where the civil and human rights of all people are respected equally, let us not forget that women and children, along with people of color, are too often victims of injustice and oppression.

In her chapter in the new Cambridge University Press book on crimes against future generations, Dr. Riane Eisler addresses those crimes committed against the majority of humanity:  women and children.  Dr. Eisler proposes a new strategy for ending traditions of domination and violence in families and nations –  a continuation of her life’s work as attorney, author, teacher, social scientist and activist.

In fact, Dr. Eisler wrote the first article ever published in the Human Rights Quarterly on what has since become known as women’s rights as human rights.   This chapter describes how to use international law as an instrument to hold governments accountable for not stopping entrenched traditions of violence against women and children, and also shows that this violence not only has horrendous consequences for those directly impacted but for all of us: for the larger society and economy.

As a member of the World Future Council and the Club of Rome, Dr. Eisler makes clear her conviction that “women’s issues” must be moved from the margin to the center of the social agenda if we are to achieve goals of peace and justice for humanity.

Dr. Riane Eisler, Co-Founder of the Spiritual Alliance to Stop Intimate Violence and of the Center for Partnership Studies

In the wake of the World Health Organization’s June 2013 report showing that violence against women and girls is a global health problem of epidemic proportions, the publication of Riane Eisler’s chapter Protecting the Majority of Humanity: Toward an Integrated Approach to Crimes against Present and Future Generations in the new Cambridge University book Sustainable Development, International Criminal Justice, and Treaty Implementation is both timely and practical. Continuing her work of placing the rights, problems, and aspirations of the majority of humanity — women and children — on the international agenda as integral to a sustainable and just future for all, Eisler proposes that the Rome Statute and R2P can, and should, be used to end traditions of violence that not only take the lives of millions of women and children but also have very adverse impacts on economic and social health. Edited by Sebastien Jodoin and Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, the book is part of the series: Treaty Implementation for Sustainable Development. ISBN:9781107032934; July 2013.

Please read and share widely the above information, especially with colleagues and students who are interested in human rights, international law, and in working in partnership to create a more just and peaceful world.  Readers may also wish to visit the website for the United States Human Rights Network at (www.ushrnetwork.org)  Here is how they describe their work:

  • USHRN works to build a broad-based and vibrant domestic human rights movement.
  • USHRN utilizes multiple approaches in its efforts to promote a rights-based discourse in the U.S., and to bring about real and sustainable positive change.

– See more at: http://www.ushrnetwork.org/our-work

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