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Why Peace Is the Business Of Men (But Shouldn’t Be)

Most hot wars of recent memory, little and big,

have been resolved or nudged into remission through what is called a power-sharing agreement.

The big men from most or all of the warring parties

– and war is basically a guy thing, in case you hadn’t noticed –

shoulder in to the negotiating table and carve up a country’s or region’s military,


and financial pie.

Then they proclaim the resulting deal “peace.”

But as I learned firsthand as an aid worker in one so-called post-conflict country after another,

when the men in power stop shooting at each other,

they often escalate the war against civilians – especially women and girls.

It seems to be hard for men to switch off violence,

once they’ve gotten the hang of it.

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