A look at women's perspectives on human security

New book explores how violence, climate change and poverty affect women and girls

Around the world, women and girls face amplified and particular challenges related to violent conflict, climate change and poverty. They are also in the frontlines of innovation and adaptation, finding sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.

The just published "Women's Perspectives on Human Security" (Ohio University Press), brings together leading thinkers from around the world to explore the human security dimensions of violent conflict and environmental change as experienced and addressed by women today. Topics covered include systematic rape campaigns, small arms and light weapons, suicide terrorism, building sustainable communities and financial inclusion.

The volume is dedicated to the late political scientist Patricia A. Weitsman, who contributed the chapter on mass rape. It was compiled by Richard Matthew, associate dean in the School of Social Ecology and director of UCI's Blum Center for Poverty Alleviation; Nora Davis and Tera Dornfeld, both of whom recently received their Ph.D.s from the School of Social Ecology; and Gunhild Hoogensen Gjorv, a professor of peace and conflict studies at UIT: The Arctic University of Norway.