Editorial


Gender Agenda

Gender Agenda

Issue 4 Lent 2003

The magazine of


Women's Union

Editorial

Surely this is a magazine about gender – so what’s the Editor doing wittering on about the war
on Iraq? Well, quite simply, war affects everyone and as this issue’s article about the
situation facing Afghan women points out, underlying social issues within a country are often
highlighted, or ignored, depending on the political climate. The humanitarian situation in
Iraq is already dire, with UN figures stating thousands of children are dying as a result of
the existing sanctions and infrastructure still absent following its destruction in the war on
Iraq of the early 1990s. Bombing Iraq now isn’t going to make that any better. And war will
see both women & men dying in the line of fire, women & men dying as civilian casualties, and
women & men having to pick up the pieces. Last editorial I commented on the lack of female
faces surrounding the political wranglings concerning Iraq. This time, it’s time to celebrate
women & men coming together to say NO to the war. The exact figure will never be known, but
Saturday’s march is billed as possibly the largest peace demonstration in British history and,
to me, shows the strength of the genders coming together on an equal footing to express their
opinion. In a demonstration like this, women aren’t valued over men, and men aren’t valued
over women – instead both have their voices heard. Is it a coincidence that the issue in hand
is one saying NO to more pain and suffering?

New editor needed

Next year’s editor of Gender Agenda will be elected at Women’s Council on March 4th
(7.15pm, Chetwynd Room, King’s). This will allow the new editor to work with the existing
editor during the production phase for issue 5 and be involved in setting the Gender Agenda
budget for next year. If you’d like more information about taking over the editorship, please
contact gender-agenda@cusu.cam.ac.uk.

Tigger Jane MacGregor

No war

 


 

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