My research partner Dr. Richard Ledet and I have co-authored a paper entitled, On the Advancement of Human Rights:
Exploring the Ethical Pitfalls of Female Engagement Operations. We are presenting this paper at a variety of locations throughout the year. The article presents an argument that ethical requirements cause well intended empowerment initiatives to actually cause harm rather than improving the condition of females in conflict zones.
Pit Fall #1 Commanders
• Military commanders are ethically required to create a powerful fighting force
• Commanders aren't inclined to support a ill-trained enablers
•Units aren't deployed in a manner that allows for steady progress
• Promotions are tied to other successes
Pit Fall #2 Elders
• Elders represent the government in conflicted areas
• Intrigue and innuendo require elders to cloister and protect.
• Elder provided security doesn't support progressive western agendas
Pit Fall #3 The Women
• Benedicte Grma's vital work
• Female social/ethical requirements are ignored by western theory
• Our lack of capacity to "Do No Harm."
• Female independence or disregard for norms is treated suspiciously
• We are available to present the paper at conferences.
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