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Title:Human security paradigms through a gendered lens
Author:Muthien, Bernedette
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:gender relations
sexual offences
human security
national security
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.2000.9675811
Abstract:This article focuses on and critiques dominant paradigms of national security. It points out that the dominant perspective tends to be State-centred and neglect issues of human security. As the examples drawn from African countries show, there is a move from inter-State war to intra-State conflict. The human security paradigm is designed to provide a more holistic and comprehensive definition of security and protection from all forms of harm, including indirect or structural, cultural, and direct or personal violence. Although this approach is by far the most comprehensive in terms of inclusivity, it still suffers from 'phallogocentrism'. A gendered approach to human security may be the most useful way of addressing the condition of all human beings. Bibliogr., notes, ref.