The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Reshmi Kazi, an associate fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, specializes in nuclear security, nonproliferation, and disarmament. She is the author of the monograph Nuclear Terrorism: The New Terror of the 21st Century and is a columnist for Generation Why, a website initiative of the Stimson Center. She received a doctorate in disarmament studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2007.
In nuclear war, women would suffer at least as much as men. But women tend to be underrepresented in fields—such as high-level politics, diplomacy, military affairs, and science and technology—that bear on nuclear policy.
Women have as much reason as men to fear nuclear war. Maybe more. But women have relatively little control over whether nuclear weapons are ever used—or whether they continue to exist. How can women break into the largely male preserve of weapons policy?
The author argues that women's freedom tends to be restricted in most societies by their greater family responsibilities. But such constraints can be no excuse for institutional discrimination, including in the nuclear realm.
The author argues that women can empower themselves, while also contributing meaningfully to nuclear decision making, by fulfilling their roles—traditional in many societies—as guardians of morals and ethics.
The author argues that it's difficult for women to contribute to nuclear disarmament as long as diplomacy, dialogue, and a sense of interdependence among nations—the very things on which disarmament depends—are assigned low value due to their association with femininity.