The author revisits women's peace organisations she first encountered in 1995-6 in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland and Israel-Palestine, a time when in all three places there seemed to be some hope for peace. She wanted to find out how their organisations – the Medica Women's
Therapy Centre, the Belfast Women's Support Network and Bat Shalom of the North had fared in the intervening years – and what had become of their efforts to foster dialogue and peace. In general hopes have been dashed, especially in Israel-Palestine. Women and the politics of gender
– let alone any idea of a transversal politics of 'empathy without sameness, shifting without tearing up your roots' – have been largely out of the picture for policy makers in these areas.
Soundings pioneers thoughtful, critical ideas on culture, society and politics. That's why leading left thinkers from Britain, Latin America, Asia, the United States and Europe debate their ideas in our pages.
'Deeply thoughtful about the public life of politics and the intimacy of our private lives and how they interconnect. Soundings is one of the few places where you read ideas which can change your mind.' Madeleine Bunting