Care ethics: contributions to conflict transformation by peaceful means

Irene Comins Mingol


How to transform conflicts in a peaceful manner has long been one of the greatest challenges faced by the human race. We know that conflicts are part of the human condition, but we have the choice of tackling them either by violent or peaceful means. There are many different sources from which we can learn how to transform conflicts in a peaceful way; we can learn from different cultures and different perspectives. This article examines care ethics as one of the sources from which we can learn. Caring is an activity historically assigned to women, which develops special attitudes and abilities that may be used to transform conflicts by peaceful and alternative means. This article proposes that caring should become a human value and not just a gender attribute as it is today.


Gender; Care ethics; Conflict transformation; Culture of peace


Copyright (c) 2007 Irene Comins Mingol

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