WomenStats, a new book (Sex and World Peace)

May 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

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In their own words, “The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women’s status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge.”

This same group of scholars have recently released a book, entitled “Sex and World Peace.” It explores the WomenStats database and suggests that “there is a strong and highly significant link between state security and women’s security. In fact, the very best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is not its level of wealth, its level of democracy, or its ethno-religious identity; the best predictor of a state’s peacefulness is how well its women are treated. What’s more, democracies with higher levels of violence against women are as insecure and unstable as non democracies.” (See the NPR interview with author Valerie Hudson).

I have yet to read the book, but I am ordering it. I’ll place my review in the commentary of this post in weeks to come.

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