Influencing the Forgotten Half of the Population in Counterinsurgency Operations
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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As the Army continues to operate in complex environments, involving extended kinetic and non-kinetic contact with indigenous populations, it is critical for the Army to understand and appreciate the capabilities and potential of indigenous women as peacemakers and peacekeepers. The Army would be well served to support indigenous women in active efforts to bring a moderate voice into the public dialogue, as well as to positively influence women so they bring a moderate voice into the private sphere. Women and their needs should be specifically addressed. This discussion highlights the internationally recognized importance of women in conflict resolution, then presents an overview of actions the Army has already undertaken that recognize the importance of women in the cultural landscape. An overview of patriarchal culture follows, which examines factors the Army needs to know about women in patriarchal societies, then addresses challenges the development community and military face when engaging women. This discussion concludes with practical recommendations for the Army to use to engage the moderate voices of indigenous women and to influence them in a positive manner regarding the actions and intentions of the U.S. military.
- Unconventional Warfare