The pursuit of equal rights for women has been broadened in recent years with the growing recognition that the empowerment of women plays a vital role in the restoration of peace in societies divided by conflict and war. This is not a simplistic matter of men making war and women making peace, of one sex’s aggressive drives being moderated by the other’s supposedly gentler instincts. The argument instead is that a more equal relationship between the sexes can have a solvent effect on other inequalities and on attitudes of the kind that fuel conflict. It is also that when men and women make decisions together they generally make different and better decisions than when one sex assigns itself all executive responsibilities. Private life is thus linked to social and political life in a virtuous circle, the one benefiting the other. That is why this year’s Nobel peace prize is to be especially welcomed.
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