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Book Club Update -- New Start!

Hello to all members of World Pulse Book Club.

I am Bonnie Samuel and have just accepted the Administrator position for this book club. It is my hope that this can become a more participatory group and through sharing the books we love, discussions are generated, friendships made and writings from countries other than our own lead to more understanding of different cultures.

We’d like to announce a change in how the book club works:
1. Members please share the titles of books you’ve read and enjoyed, perhaps found very meaningful. Make a few comments about the book or even write a book review. Or....
2. Share and comment on a book you’ve read and start a discussion around the theme or concept of the book. For example, I found the book, The “S” Word by John Nichols an interesting read on the history of socialism in the United States. As related in Nichols’ book, socialism, of course, takes many forms. I’d very much like to hear from those of you who live in a socialist country - tell us your opinion.

I look forward to hearing about all the great books you are reading!

Comments

Waqar Azim's picture

Welcome

I welcome Bonnie Samuel on the position of Administrator book club
and hope the activities will increase with more participation.
Thanks

Bonnie Samuel's picture

Book Club

Thank you, Waqar. I hope so too. Please tell us what you have been reading lately. That would be great!

Nusrat Ara's picture

It's good to see the group in

It's good to see the group in action again.

Love

Nusrat

Waqar Azim's picture

What Reading

Thank u Bonnie
I am a lawyer based at Lahore-Pakistan
Our National Language is Urdu although English is widely
used .
My time is consumed in law but Philosophy and and literature
are also my subjects.
I will share my knowledge on these subjects but at the moment I have nothing to
add.
I am so thankful to the management of "World Pulse" for providing this great plateform
for exchange of knowledge.

Thanks and best wishes

Insha Allah's picture

Thank you so much

It's really an interesting initiative not only for the group but also for all the members. I'll definitely try my best to contribute here. Thank you so much for being the Administrator and your fabulous welcoming.

Best Regards,
Insha Allah

Shwe Wutt Hmon

Bonnie Samuel's picture

From Bonnie

Thanks much, Insha. I look forward to hearing from you again with your book suggestions and comments.

Starland's picture

a little trivia

Hi Bonnie

Welcome as a leader of the book club! Yayyy. I just wanted to mention that I was surprised when you mention John Nichols book only because my husband (before I met him) took care of John's "bonus" mom Jacqueline for the last ten years of her life.. Jackie was married to John's father David here in Smithville, Texas USA where I now live. A little bit of trivia.

I just finished a fun book called "Forever My Lady" by Jeff Riviera a good friend of mine. I am about to finish "Unmaking War/Remaking Men." Excellent book.

Welcome
K-lee 3709

K-lee Starland, Ph.D.

jocelym46's picture

So Many Books, so little time

This saying is from a t-shirt I have.

Here are a couple of books I have read lately:
Global Feminism: Transnational women's Activism, Organizing and Human Rights by Myra Ferree and Aili Tripp
And:
BARRY, KATHLEEN; “UNMAKING WAR, REMAKING MEN: HOW EMPATHY CAN RESHARE
OUR POLITICS, OUR SOLDIERS, AND OURSELVES"; (C) 2011, 1ST ED., PHOENIX RISING PRESS, SANTA ROSA, CA
BARRY, KATHLEEN; “UTHE PROSTITUTION OF SEXUALITY: THE GLOBAL EXPLOITATION OF WOMEN" (C) 1995, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS, NY

Hope I get some good ones from the rest of you,
Yours in Global Sisterhood,

Jocelyn "Joyce" Morris
NOW Board of Directors
Co-Chair, NOW Combating Racism Committee
http://www.now.org

Bonnie Samuel's picture

Joycelym46's book suggestions

Would you give us a snippet of theme and/or what these books meant to you....
Thanks

Global Feminism is on my list! Thanks Jocelym

jocelym46's picture

So Many Books

Unmaking War, Remaking Men is a book about changing the way the world fights wars from aggression to defensive. Remaking Mem portion of the book talks about how we program men to be expendable and it helps to cause the violence women experience dealing with them when they return from wars.

Global Feminism talks about how the US needs to go to the local organizations in countries and get their input about what they need and not decide ourselves what we think they need.

Jocelyn "Joyce" Morris
NOW Board of Directors
Co-Chair, NOW Combating Racism Committee
http://www.now.org

Bonnie Samuel's picture

Book comments

Thank you for the synopsis on these two books. I've ordered "Global Feminism" already, Joyce, and loved your comment about getting the input of those in other countries on their needs (if any from us!) rather than assuming we know best. Americans just plain don't get out much and really the majority have no clue as to what has been done or needs to done in the way of women's issues in other countries. Fact is, American women could learn a lot if they would listen. My experience in the women's movement way back to the ERA days is that American women are in fact behind the pace of some, many, strides forward in other places.

I see you are on the NOW Board, Joyce. Thanks for serving women as you do.

Women, Peace and Security
Translating Policy into Practice
Edited by Funmi Olonisakin, Karen Barnes, Eka Ikpe

Published October 25th 2010 by Routledge – 246 pages
Description

This book provides a critical assessment of the impact of UN Resolution 1325 by examining the effect of peacebuilding missions on increasing gender equality within conflict-affected countries.

UN Resolution 1325 was adopted in October 2000, and was the first time that the security concerns of women in situations of armed conflict and their role in peacebuilding was placed on the agenda of the UN Security Council. It was an important step forward in terms of bringing women’s rights and gender equality to bear in the UN’s peace and security agenda. More than a decade after the adoption of this Resolution, its practical reality is yet to be substantially felt on the ground in the very societies and regions where women remain disproportionately affected by armed conflict and grossly under-represented in peace processes. This realization, in part, led to the adoption in 2008 and 2009 of three other Security Council Resolutions, on sexual violence in conflict, violence against women, and for the development of indicators to measure progress in addressing women, peace and security issues.

The book draws together the findings from eight countries and four regional contexts to provide guidance on how the impact of Resolution 1325 can be measured, and how peacekeeping operations could improve their capacity to effectively engender security.

This book will be of much interest to students of peacebuilding, gender studies, the United Nations, international security and IR in general.

Link to the Book@ http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415587976/

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

The two books recommended are books that matter. It provides the reader with an in depth on Feminist theory and governance, women managing conflict and post conflict scenarios in most African nations. The women, peace and security is an amazing academic work on how research/academic work could be meaningfully translated into practice. It is worth reading.

Women and Security Governance in Africa
Edited by 'Funmi Olonisakin, Awino Okech

When United Nations Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted in October 2000, it was hailed by policy analysts and international observers alike as a path-breaking move. It was the first time that the security concerns of women in situations of armed conflict and their role in peace building were placed on the agenda of the UN Security Council.

In the field of international security, there is a tendency to relegate discussions on women and children to the margins. This book addresses a broader debate on security and its governance in a variety of contexts while at the same time making the argument that human security cannot be achieved without placing women at the centre of this policy agenda – for perhaps the single most important measure of the effectiveness of security governance is its impact on women. But this is not just a book about women. Rather it is a book about inclusive human security for Africans, which cannot ignore the central place of women.

Written by academics and activists from around Africa, this book fills a gap in the growing field of gender and security. Its African-centred approach – both analytically and through derivative experiences – builds a corpus of approaches that will shape interventions, policy advocacy and programmatic approaches on women's rights and security sector governance.

This book is aimed at policymakers, NGOs, development agencies, activists focusing on women's rights, peace and security, as well as scholars in Africa, Europe and North America.

If you're an African non-governmental organisation of limited funds, please email info@pambazukapress.org to arrange a complimentary copy of this ebook (Adobe PDF).

Ebook orders within the United Kingdom include VAT.

A FAHAMU BOOKS AND PAMBAZUKA PRESS PUBLICATION

Audience Postgraduate, research and scholarly

Format ePUB
ISBN-10 0857490001
ISBN-13 9780857490001
Publication Date January 2011
List Price £16.95

Format Paperback
ISBN-10 1-906387-89-3
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-89-1
Publication Date January 2011
List Price £16.95

Format Adobe PDF
ISBN-10 1-906387-90-7
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-90-7
Publication Date January 2011
List Price £16.95

Link:http://fahamubooks.org/book/?GCOI=90638100633050

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

Waqar Azim's picture

Thanks

Under the leadership of Bonnie the activity has increased.
I have gain a lot of knowledge.
Thanks to all.
request to other readers to share their knowledge with all.
Thanks a lot and best wishes for all.

Waqar Azim's picture

Thanks to World Pulse

What a great plateform it is.
Global sharing of knowledge.
Friendship of brains which will ultimately lead to
global peace and friendship.
Thanks

Thank you, Waqar, for your words. You are very right about friendship and knowledge will bring a better world free of hate. Let's encourage other members to join us in discussing books and ideas.

Zoneziwoh, thanks your book reviews. These studies are not known to many I think, but certainly should be! I went to your blog too -- also interesting and full of information.

Waqar and Zoneziwoh--tell us more about yourselves - start by telling what your names mean. Do you know the American movie, "Gone with the Wind" ? I was named after the little girl, "Bonnie Blue" in that movie! Bonnie

zoneziwoh's picture

Introducing myself

I am zoneziwoh (literal meaning = no body knows what tomorrow may look like). I love writing but often i am constrained at many challenges that comes with writing. I am a storyteller, a young scholar on women,peace and security. I run many online programs. Among a few include; the women under 30 program , which I will like to cease this opportunity to seek for your support to my cause for the World Youth Summit Award at http://friends.youthaward.org/women-under-30 . please spare some time and recommend W30 for the summit. Kindly drop a note on what you think , below the contest about the project, below the contest page.

As I said before, I am a young scholar and am currently a fellow with the Conflict Security and Development Group, King's College London. prior to that, I worked with young women in my community, Buea - Cameroon.

I think that is me. Thanks (below are links to my blog)

Bonnie, I will like to watch that American Movie, it sounds nice.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

zoneziwoh's picture

Books that Matter

Hello dear PW brothers and Sisters. I will like to share with you another couple of my archives on books that matters.

1. 'Purple Hibiscus' written by the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, and inner of Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Adichie is an amazing Nigerian woman. Her works are widely acclaimed. In this book, she shares a true life tale of her life growing up from a staunch religious home, as a young woman – what it was like. For those who understand how African parents commit to religion will laugh and cry at the same time after reading Adichie’s book. Most African parents don’t joke when it comes to Sunday’s church services or church activities. Majority don’t asked of your opinion, they automatically assumed that the children (entire family) must invest the same energy like them.
This is a good book to read. It critically examines the concept of feminism and masculinity in Africa. It details how tradition, religion and society play with values. The moment, I got this book, I immediately thought of one of my recent post; good woman, bad women at http://zofem.blogspot.com/2011/07/good-woman-bad-women.html
I am still reading the book, the reason I couldn’t do a review because I haven’t completed it.

2. Male Daughters, Female Husbands:gender and Sex in Africa by Ifi Amadiume. This is also another excellent book to read. I assure you it is typical of nowadays happening. Basically, Amadiume in this book argues that Women have become the providers and bear winner of the family while the sons/men stay and consumes. These books are excellent books to reach to.

Stay Blessed

Zoneziwoh

Blog: http://zofem.blogspot.com/

facebook: Zoneziwoh

twitter: @ZoFem

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