Riane Eisler's speech at the World's Women Forum in Barcelona, Spain on July 29, 2004 describes why “women’s issues” must be at the front of the social agenda to build a sustainable, equitable, and peaceful future. A statistical study of data from 89 nations shows that raising women’s status is key to a better quality of life for all; as women’s status rises, so does fiscal support for the stereotypical “women’s work” of caring for children, the elderly, and people’s health (whether done by women or men)--work essential for the “high quality capital” needed for the postindustrial/knowledge economy.
By Riane Eisler and Alfonso Montuori. Working to outline a gender-holistic, contextual perspective on creativity, Dr. Eisler and Dr. Montuori point to the need to view creativity as embedded in a particular set of social relations and discuss how to move creativity from a base of dominator dynamics to one incorporating partnership. Providing support for the intention and work to help creativity become more ungendered and contextualized, thus transforming not only creativity, but the social and moral web of human relationships.
Some say war is inevitable, but Dr. Riane Eisler's research shows that we can build cultures of peace -- partnership cultures. The first step is to examine the position of women in society because a study of 89 nations showed that when the rights of women are protected nations thrive!
This article proceeds from three basic premises bearing on these problems: that the aim of the international human rights movement is to secure protection for individual rights; that this includes the rights of all human beings; and that, without a theory that integrates the human rights of half of humanity, the goal of the human rights movement, equal justice for all, cannot be attained. The discussion that follows provides a historical overview of both the human rights and women's rights movements, examines some of the consequences of this separation for both women and society at large, and proposes that the construction of a unified action-oriented theory of human rights that may be applied to the whole of humanity-women as well as men - is now not only essential but also feasible.
Data from the U.S. Census, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Institute for Women's Policy Research, and National Science Foundation ~ Compiled by Dr. Mary Kirk