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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Women Transforming Politics: A Feminist Approach to War, Conflict and the Politics of Peace

Dr Purnima Mehta Bhatt.

Taking a gendered approach to war and peace, this paper focuses on women's contributions to peace building and conflict resolution. Women have generally been portrayed as victims of war and marginal to the process of diplomacy, peace negotiations and nation building. Using selected examples from Asia (Japan, India/Pakistan and Myanmar) I examine women's efforts to seek alternatives to war, conflict and nuclear proliferation. The paper also provides an analysis of the structures women have created which often bypass governmental and international organizations. The paper documents women's distinctive leadership roles. Women are thus, seen as vital agents of change who are redefining peace, security and leadership.


Dr Purnima Mehta Bhatt  (United States)
Professor of History, Anthropology & Interdisciplinary Studies

Hood College

Dr. Purnima Bhatt is a professor of history, anthropology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Hood College in Maryland, U.S.A. where she has taught since 1977. She was born in India where she spent her formative years, receiving a B.A. and M.A. in Ancient Indian History. She is the author of two books and recipient of numerous grants and awards. Her research interests include women in Asia and Africa, women and the exercise of power and women and leadership.

  • Women
  • Peace
  • Leadership

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)